I have been meaning to play with fabric paints for ages, having bought some months ago, and eventually got them out for a play and the result is I made myself a t-shirt.
Here’s how I made it:-
I bought a plain white cotton Tshirt for just a few £’s from the supermarket and washed it. I then had to create an area to work in - I used an old ironing board which I covered with a black bin liner. I then, using very wide masking tape, masked off the area that I was going to work on and I wanted a clean edge to it. I then applied the fabric paint in different coloured blocks using the 3” x 5” Gelli Plate, brayering on the paint as you would with the Gelli Plate.
The first layer I applied was just blocks of plain colour overlapping the blocks in places. I then applied another layer of paint this time making marks and patterns in the paint on the Gelli Plate before printing it on my t-shirt. The first colour you laid down then shows through the patterns that you have made. I then applied the fabric paint through a variety of stencils many of which were the new Dinky stencils.
I finally stencilled on the Donna Downey quote and held my breath when I did that part, the knack is to not add too much paint in one go, just keep building the colour up. For all the stencil work I used a variety of different sized stencil brushes. Last step, remove the masking tape and leave to dry for at least 24hrs. There is no need to heat set the DecoArt SoSoft paint.
Cotton T-Shirt (washed)
Selection of DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paints (lots of colours back in stock tomorrow)
Mark Making Tools (I just used things I have collected from around the house)
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Half Circles, Circles, Bubbles, Punchinella & Brick Wall
Bad Ass Stencil – Drips
Dina Wakley Stencils – Leaves & Affirmations
TCW – Sketch Grid 6”x6” & Mini Specimen 12”x12”
Stencil Brushes Asstd Sizes
Why not give it a go and wear your own art!
See you next Tuesday