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Topic: harry potter book release t-shirts  (Read 12941 times)
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« on: June 18, 2007 12:53:59 AM »

i do hope this is in the right place - forgive me if it isn't!

i live in southeast texas and it's summer - not exactly ideal weather for going all out with house scarves, sweaters, robes.. what have you. and to be honest, i'm really not sure i'd be up for it anyway, hahaha.

so i've had to get creative with ways to join in the crazy fun at the harry potter book 7 release party at my local barnes and noble!

i'm still kind of in idea-mode, and sketched out several ideas these past few hours.

my biggest question is how should i go about making these? my first idea was to get one of those quilting pencils that washes out and sketch the basic idea, or maybe lightly sketch out the design in photoshop and then print it out on an iron transfer and use it as guidelines. (this'd be especially helpful with the shirts with lettering - i'd like them to resemble computer fonts if possible, haha).

but i dunno - what kind of paint? should i go acrylic and use textile medium.. just go acrylic, forget textile medium? fabric paint all the way? what kind of brushes? big or small? bristle or foam? dry or wet? i am a complete newbie to this stuff and any advice is more than welcome!

and another reason for posting - which design do you guys like best? i seriously cannot decide (except for the dumbledore's army one - i really don't like it much anymore).

thanks a bunch!

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007 01:04:16 AM »

I like the Dumbledore's Army shirt best, though the Voldy Gets Owned shirt is pretty funny too.
Sketching out your ideas first would definitely be best, with either some tailor's chalk or a fabric pencil... if you really want to, you could cut out shapes/a stencil to get outlines down, and then fill them in. I'd suggest going with a small, course bristled brush if you're painting something onto a shirt... the paint will ruin a finer bristled one, and 'cuz it's small, you'll have more control over where the bristles put the paint.
Another idea that just popped into my head is to use fabric markers... y'know, like permanent markers for fabric?
In any case, stick some cardboard into your shirt while you're working on it to make sure nothing bleeds through... prewash your shirts to shrink it and get excess chemicals out...
Good luck! I hope I helped some.
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 03:49:36 AM »

My vote is for the Voldy gets pwnd one, i love it.

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007 04:19:27 AM »

I wouldn't recommend fabric markers... in my experience, anything you do will come out bleed-y.   Tongue

I really like the fake-robe shirt, and my recommendation would be stenciling. There is a great tutorial in the stenciling forum if you're new to it, and a discussion and question board there too. I have personally used acrylic paints, and they come out just fine as long as you iron it to set it. Oh, and foam brushes.

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2007 07:10:04 AM »

oh my god, let me first say that if you drew those up yourself/designed them then they're absolutely fantastic and you should go into business lol.

I love the fake robe one, and the Marauder's one, and Dumbledore's Army...

For the robe one - it'd be easiest to do in stenciling like Velour said. Do it in a kind of fake tuxedo way and you'd be all set.

Actually, if you drew your own designs in photoshop, you could easily make stencils of just about anything you drew, but i think the pwned one would be a little difficult because of its thin lines

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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007 07:24:22 AM »

Love your ideas!! The fake robe and Marauder ones are my faves. The stenciling idea is great for both of them. Please post the results when you're done! I'd love to see them come to life.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2007 07:51:05 AM »

I dunno I really like the DA one lol ^^ They're all brilliant but I'd have to say, go with voldy gets pwnd. heck yes.
have fun at the opening, I'm actually knitting a new hose scarve right now in prep.

« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007 12:29:00 PM »

those are really awesome! Cheesy
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2007 04:30:06 PM »

 Shocked Those are amazing!!! Would you mind terribly if I nicked them for some stuff I want to make for the release? I think I want to do the marauders around the bottom of one of my pant legs of some old jeans I have. That and I'm trying to figure out how to combine the Voldy gets pwnd one and the DA one. I love them though! Shocked

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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2007 04:46:14 PM »

Check out the techniques board. Stencilling would probably look good.

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