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Topic: One-of- a-kind Art t-shirts  (Read 1293 times)
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« on: July 11, 2009 08:37:27 PM »

I've been inspired as of late, so in order to take advantage of it, I've started working on a few projects. One of them is making t-shirts for my nephews. A while back I picked up a bunch of plain white t's for a dollar each and although I didn't know what I would do with them, I stocked up!  Huh
I made these a while back using spray paint, acrylic paint with fabric medium, and some homemade stencils(The Mona Lisa and Darth Vader I got on-line, but I can't remember where!). He absolutely loved them and my sister tells me they're his favorites to wear because his "tia" (aunt) made them special for him

And here's the latest one. I basically cut out the monsters freehand out of felt and used embroidery thread to applique them on to the shirt.I have a few other ideas rolling around in my head for the next ones.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009 08:48:11 PM »

awesome job!
i love the monster one, so cute

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2009 10:11:52 PM »

I used that exact same Vadar stencil for a shirt a screen printed for my dad! I was momentarily weirded by seeing that same black image!!
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009 10:52:32 AM »

super cool!! I like them all alot.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009 11:24:59 AM »

Very cool!
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009 06:30:44 AM »

Very cool.  I'd LOVE to know how you did the Vader and Mona Lisa ones...?
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009 11:03:30 AM »

Hi guys! Thanks for the feedback.

Very cool.  I'd LOVE to know how you did the Vader and Mona Lisa ones...?

They were all fairly easy to do.
I got the stencil patterns on-line(I'm desperately trying to find the website again!) and cut them out of thick plastic(the kind that you use for overhead projectors) so I could reuse them. I sprayed the back with a little spray glue to attach them to the shirts and keep the paint from beeding through.

The rest was easy:
I mixed the acrylic paint with fabric medium. If you've never worked with this, it softens the paint so when it dries, you don't end up with a shirt that's as stiff as cardboard. Then I masked off the squares (or lines as in the Mona Lisa one) with masking tape. I painted in the large square areas (or lines), waited for it to dry, then placed the stencil on top and it and painted that. Viola! It's done.

The red one with the skull I made using spray paint(red, orange, yellow), a stencil, and tore pieces of tape to mask off the irregular lines. The only trick is to layer the paint lightly, so the shirt doesn't get too stiff.
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