Holly’s Custom Painted T’s

by Holly LL on September 29, 2011

I did it! I tried my hand at painting a T-shirt or 2 and there was success!

It has been way too long since I have painted a garment, but it was so fun…I think I may be hooked!

 

My daughter had been asking for a few different types of T-shirts, so that gave me the perfect opportunity to try DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint.
This is surely not the fabric paint I remembered from my youth. So Soft has a really niceĀ  “So Soft” hand when it is dry. It is easy to paint with – and I used a variety of different brushes/items to do just that…and when it dries it feels comfortable and relaxed (yeah no stiff T-shirts!)…and I had fun being creative and coming up with designs.
These designs are my own and I will figure out how to load them here, so you can print them if you want.
I think my T’s turned out awesome!…
And, I may be partial, but I do think my model is awesome too!
SUPPLIES
  • T-shirt or garment of choice
  • Variety of brushes (see below for each T)
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint. Colors for T’s follow
  • Cardboard or something to place between the layers of the shirt to protect back/side/etc.
  • Image/Design
  • E-xacto Knife
  • Freezer Paper
  • Iron/Ironing Board
Ballerina Shirt:
So Soft Fabric Paint: Fuschia, Baby Pink
So Soft Fine Glitter Paint in Celebration Pink
Brushes: Medium pouncer, small/tapered regular brush
Surfer Shirt
So Soft Fabric Paint: Bright Coral, Bright Avocado
So Soft Glitter Paint, Lemon Drop
Brushes: Medium Pouncer
Old Toothbrush
Flower
So Soft Fabric Paint: Fuschia, Baby Pink
So Soft Fine Glitter Paint in Celebration Pink
Brushes: Medium pouncer, small/tapered regular brush
DIY IT!
It is super easy and fun to create custom garments!
Pick a garment!
I found this cute cover up at Target for like $3.00 and I had to make it surfer-like. I had done this surfer design previously and I still liked it.
I selected regular cotton T-’s for the other 2 designs
PRE-WASH YOUR GARMENT!
Design It
I wanted to do something fashion-y but thought my daughter would give me “the stink eye” if it was not pink and fluffy…so I drew a (slightly) fashion looking drawing of a ballerina. I decided to paint this in all pinks other than the hair. Just because – it is a design thing.
The surfer was from a previous project as was the flower. The surfer called for bold colors and I wanted to try something light, soft, and blended for the flower.
Place it!
Determine the placement.
For the surfer and ballerina, I wanted them centered, so I measured to determine center of my shirt, and drew a line on my design to match up the centers, and place them accordingly.

The flower was going to be off to the side so centering was not an issue – that was all about “eye-ing it.”

Paint it!
Ballerina:
  • For this design, I drew out a sketch on a piece of paper and then went over it with a Sharpie.
  • Using my lines I placed it under the top layer of the shirt and taped
    it (from behind, int place (be sure to put some cardboard or something
    under the drawing (sandwiched between the layers) to prevent bleeding
    through.
  • I then just painted the ballerina based on the drawing under it.

 

Surfer:
  • I printed out the design from the computer, and then cut the design out of freezer paper using an E-xacto knife. Iron the design onto the garment in the proper position (shiny side of freezer paper down).
  • Using pouncer fill in the sun/waves with Bright Coral
  • Using a smaller pouncer, fill in the surfer silhouette.
  • I felt the design needed a little “something” still. Using the So Soft Glitter Paint, I took an old toothbrush and made a sunburst type effect around the design. Dip toothbrush in paint; slightly tap on paper towel or plate; start closest to the design and stroke outwards. Hold the T down with the other hand while you do this.
  • Let dry slightly and the lift off freezer paper, very carefully

 

Flower
  • I printed out the design from the computer, and then cut the design out
    of freezer paper using an E-xacto knife.
  • Iron the design onto the
    garment in the proper position (shiny side of freezer paper down).
  • Color #1: Fill in the entire flower using a pouncer, with the So Soft Glitter paint
  • Color #2: With the So Soft Paint in Baby Pink, brush and from the center, pulling the brush toward the outside edges, make light strokes – you can always add if you want more color. Go about 2/3 up flower, with the ends of the strokes being uneven and soft.
  • Color #3: With the So Soft Paint in Fuschia, brush and from the center, pulling the brush
    toward the outside edges, make light strokes – you can always add if
    you want more color. Go about 1/3 to 1/2 up flower, with the ends of the
    strokes being uneven and soft.
  • Let dry slightly and lift paper off
So, what do ya think?

 

Ready to try your hand at fabric painting!?
I am making some towel and placemats too!
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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

cassie September 29, 2011 at 7:31 am

definitely a success! i am totally impressed!

Cheri September 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

SOOOOOO cute. I know Miss Gabby is going to be begging for Mommy to make her some when she sees these.

Awesome JOB–They are all cute but I really love your ballerina.

Cheri

Roeshel September 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Adorable and the t-shirts are cute too! :)

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