Do you have a word, or perhaps a hashtag that you want to wear proudly across your chest, but sadly the world is not cool enough to have made said t-shirt yet? Well, if no one else will do it, then you have to do it yourself! Here’s how:
– Paper printout of word
– Contact Paper
– Plain t-shirt
– cardboard or newspaper
– x-acto knife
– Stencil brush
– Fabric paint (I used tulip brand soft velveteen)
– an iron
After you have your word or hashtag printed out at the size you want, transfer (I traced it) it to your contact paper. I chose the word wild, because of well, the name of the blog, of course. Cut out the letters using a ruler and x-acto knife, making sure to keep any of the negative spaces (or counters for you typography people) in the enclosed letters like in the letter D. Place your stencil on you t-shirt and make sure to press it down well so no paint will leak underneath the stencil. Before painting, put some cardboard or newspaper or something thick inside your shirt so the paint won’t leak through to the back. Now you’re ready to paint! Using a foam stencil brush tap the paint on in an up and down motion so you don’t get any paint underneath the stencil. I used 2 coats of paint, letting it dry for a few minutes between layers. After the paint is dry, peel off your stencil and bask in the glory of your handy work!
The directions on the fabric paint tell me to steam the paint once it’s done drying, but I don’t have an iron with a working steamer. Instead I turned it on high and held it close to the paint which seemed to work alright. I’m not going to lie, steam would probably work better, but when you’re in a pinch, you make it work! After steaming you can see that the texture of the paint is slightly more raised and that’s when it’s done! So far I like this fabric paint because it seems like the painted design is very fluid and not stiff, which I like in my t-shirts. It makes it seem a little more like it’s been screen printed and not hand painted. I haven’t washed the shirt yet though, so I’ll let you know how it holds up. On a side note, this is one of my first attempts to take semi decent photos of myself. It’s so awkward, do you agree? Maybe in my next photos I won’t look so angry!