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« on: February 23, 2009 09:24:40 AM »

This is a mix of a few different crafts, but it's appliqued so this seemed an appropriate board.  I'm always crafting up something, whether it's something knitted, stenciled, appliqued, etc.  But, I guess I sometimes get carried away making stuff for other people and neglect to make things for my own kiddies.  I just recently finished making a bunch of Yo Gabba Gabba shirts for my 2 yr old as a birthday present and while I was working on them, my 5 yr old, Sebastian, came up to me and said "Mom, how come you never make me anything?  Like any shirts or anything?".  Needless to say, that was a knife to the heart of a crafting mom.  And a situation that had to be remedied with a quickness.  So, my husband, Sebastian, and I are big Death Note fans.  And of course L is our favorite character.  Here's what I came up with! 

First, I found a good image of L.  It came from one of the posters from Death Note.  Then, since he pretty much blended into the background, I had to do all kinds of Photoshop business to separate him from the background so I could trace him.  I traced most of him onto an old shirt of Sebastian's (after ironing some interfacing to the wrong side of the shirt) that happened to be the perfect color for L's skin, and then painted him with acrylic mixed with textile medium.  I freehanded most of the line detail in his shirt, pants, and face with pencil and then went over that with black.  After that, I cut him out, leaving a smallish border, which I painted a dark red so that L's hair wouldn't blend into the black shirt I was planning on sewing him to.  I fused L to some Heat n' Bond, ironed him to the shirt I wanted to use and then sewed him down.

Next, I traced, cut, fused, and appliqued the "L" logo to the back of the shirt.  To those that don't follow Death Note, the L is what comes on the TV when L is doing a broadcast because no one knows who he really is at first.

And, in case you're wondering, I called this an "epic L shirt" because it took me a freaking long time to paint L and get all the details of him right.  I think I did a pretty good job of capturing him!

Here he is while I was painting him:

And here he is after I finished painting, but before I cut him out and painted the red border.

So, that's that!  Sebastian loved it!  And I don't feel guilty anymore Grin

"Yeah we don't take orders well.  Unless they're to get on the dance flo'.  Or raise the roof.  Or make some NOIZE...with a Z!"
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009 09:34:25 AM »

I've never heard of Death Note, but that is a seriously cool shirt!
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009 09:54:06 AM »

Great job, both Ls look perfect!
Lol, that shirt is definitely gonna get some attention and I'm sure a few "Where did you get that? Can your mom make me a DeathNote shirt?" !!

« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009 10:00:36 AM »

I've never heard of Death Note either but you did an amazing job!  Looks very cool.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009 11:48:41 AM »

excellent!  clever with the shirt to match the skin  Smiley

« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2009 03:27:12 PM »

This is one of the many reasons i love craftster. I have now learned about something new: Death Note. It looks fantastic and I can't wait to get some!

The shirt is kickin too! What a cute lil' guy!


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