How about we kick off Color Your Summer 2012 with a rainbow of fabric painted shirts?
You just need a cotton tee, I found mine for $3.50 a pop at Walmart, some fabric paint, and maybe some freezer paper.
If you’ve never used fabric paint, you must! It’s good fun and inexpensive.
Take freezer paper. I bought mine in bulk at Sam’s club, but you could also just beg your butcher for a piece if you just want a little bit for a single project.
Print out the design you want onto printer paper: letters, a picture…whatever you desire.
Trace that image onto your freezer paper and cut it out with an exacto knife. This is your stencil.
Iron your stencil onto your shirt with a DRY iron (no steam) set on a cotton/high setting.
Slide some paper or cardboard inside the shirt, to prevent paint from bleeding to the back.
I use a textile medium with acrylic paint so that I can use whatever colors I want. Just mix two parts paint with one part textile medium.
Tip: Be sure that the brush is DRY. If it is damp with water in anyway, it will cause the paint to bleed through your freezer paper stencil.
Let the paint dry. I like to let it dry overnight. You can also speed things up with a hair dryer. Then peel away and ooh and ah at your handiwork.
Oh and…Don’t forget to heat set the paint when you’re done. A few presses from a dry iron should do it.
The fabric paint will feel stiff for the first few washes, but after a while it will soften right up.
This shirt was inspired by this one from Tantrums. I simply made it brighter and incorporated neon. I have to say, I’m really digging the neon fad lately.
I must warn you though, that when using neon paint, the yellow doesn’t show up that great even on light colored shirts and all the neons don’t show up well on black or very dark colors.
Next, I of course had to make a squid shirt.
Owen is obsessed with squids, so this one is his favorite.
I simply found a free coloring sheet found through google images and traced that onto my freezer paper.
These sunglasses are images I saved from Picnik before it closed.
Seriously…my kids are such hams. :) I didn’t have to prompt Owen to model hardly at all. I just set him in front of this fence and he started posing and cheesing it up right away.
The last shirt I made for Owen was this Pac Man shirt.
I felt a little silly making a shirt for him with a game on it that he knows nothing about, but he told me this is one of his favorites…so. Maybe I’ll have to find it online and get him up to speed so he won’t be a poser.
Speaking of hams. Reid is the biggest one of them all. :) He rocks the camera like no other.
The stripes on his shirt are actually tire tracks.
Hot Wheels toy monster truck tire tracks to be exact.
It turned out even better than I imagined. I just evenly coated two of the toy tires around the whole tread of the tire and dragged them across the shirt. The paint needs to be reapplied after each roll across, but that’s it.
Cool and easy.
At the last minute, I decided I couldn’t leave Natalie out of the mix.
She got a couple of onsies herself.
Amy Christie sent me some booties in lovely packaging painted with ombre styled pencil dots. I thought the same technique would be pretty on a onsie.
Just a cute little touch to help liven up her onsie wardrobe…and it took just a few minutes on each side (minus the drying time).
Overall, I had serious fun personalizing my kids’ wardrobes with some one of a kind shirts.
And the best part, is seeing my kids love them too.
Hope you feel inspired to color your summer with a few fabric painted shirts!
Be sure to stop by Kojodesigns for more rainbow fun!