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Topic: Viva la Frida! Handpainted Frida Kahlo t-shirt (+ suggestions?)  (Read 15002 times)
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« on: June 13, 2010 01:12:34 PM »


Hello,

Following on from my painted Totoro tshirt, I decided I wanted to try something on a larger scale, so I took another t-shirt rescued from the thrift store and created this:


Again, it's painted with DYLON fabric paint, built up in many layers and painted over a period of three weeks. I spent hours on this bad boy.

Here is the original Frida Kahlo painting:



And here are some close-ups and in-progress shots so that you can see how I did it:













I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it now - it's 2 sizes too small for me (I'm a US size 10 and have a v. large chest so there is no chance I'm squeezing in to this. Probably should have thought of that before making it).

Also, I'm not sure whether or not to paint in the sky behind the leaves, or if I should just leave it as it is - what do you think? Would it be too much?
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010 01:16:01 PM »

Wow, this is amazing!  Rocks!

I would leave the background white.

Can you cut out the painting and use it on a piece of clothing that fits you?

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010 01:22:25 PM »

really nice paint job! this definitely rocks.
leave it as is, adding the sky will make an awkward edge.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010 01:43:40 PM »

That's great! I would also leave it without the sky.

Maybe you could try to hang it in a wall, in a frame?  Or make a tote with it...
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2010 02:49:09 PM »

Loving Frida Kahlo. This shirt totally rocks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2010 03:24:08 PM »

Hi,

Thanks for your comments, guys - I think you're right, I'm going to leave it as it is without the sky. I think it would probably mess it up and I'm really pleased with it at the moment so I don't want to wreck it. There were some moments when I was painting the face that I though "oh my goodness it's not going how I wanted", but actually once the eyes and brow was in the face suddenly came together!

Thanks again Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2010 05:27:20 PM »

That looks incredible - I would totally frame something like that.

Total agreement about the lack of sky, the edges work nicely now and I wouldn't want to mess with that.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010 05:31:47 PM »

Wow, this is amazing!  Rocks!
I would leave the background white.
Can you cut out the painting and use it on a piece of clothing that fits you?

i 2/3 agree, but i think you should appliqué it onto a sky-colored shirt, thereby solving both problems.

if you use THIS STUFF, your appliqué will be very neat!  i always use that and if even i can manage appliqués with that, i am sure it will make the process easier for anyone.  i get both kinds, the Lite if you want it more flexible and the regular if you want it more heavy-duty.  but you can always use Lite and then sew around the edges (i recommend that way).  also maybe use parchment paper or a pressing cloth of some kind to protect the paint.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2010 07:02:03 PM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2010 07:06:01 PM »

What talent, this is pretty darn good. I kept going back & forth from yours to the original - can't tell the difference.
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