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Designing/Painting Your Own Shirts?

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Do many of you experiment (paint, draw, etc) with cheap t-shirts?
 

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BrettChao - Stomping a newbie. Six weeks in the Grampians for you, sorting trailmix.

Make a T the way you like it? I say yes, go for it - if it goes off course, it's only a T shirt...
 

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Do you mean just draw and paint on top of your t-shirt or have someone design it and print it? Small advertising shops or printshops have a digitalesque kind of printer that prints t-shirts. They design on the computer and output it to the printer
 

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Originally Posted by samurai
BrettChao - Stomping a newbie. Six weeks in the Grampians for you, sorting trailmix.

Make a T the way you like it? I say yes, go for it - if it goes off course, it's only a T shirt...

it came out decent. i was only hoping to wear it as an undershirt to a hoodie and it works for that. it only cost two dollars and 5 minutes to make as well.
 

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Originally Posted by stylar
it came out decent. i was only hoping to wear it as an undershirt to a hoodie and it works for that. it only cost two dollars and 5 minutes to make as well.


I know many people that would pay $100 for that.
 

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I know a couple of people who do this for fun and sell them for $20ish. I wear them if I'm bumming around in the summer because they're cool.
 

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I haven't in a while but I used to make striped shirts. I was using masking tape and spray paint, and thought I should make a template with cardboard or something as I was using 1/3 of a roll of masking tape per shirt.

If I ever had a lot of time on my hands, and decent shirts I might make a few more.

I would really love to learn how to screen print.
 

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I actually just used some water color paints that I last used for finger painting in the 90s.
What kinds/brands of paint would be best to used if I wanted to keep experimenting?
Thanks
 

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Originally Posted by stylar
I actually just used some water color paints that I last used for finger painting in the 90s.
What kinds/brands of paint would be best to used if I wanted to keep experimenting?
Thanks


The T looks pretty good methinks. But watercolor will probably come out in the wash.

There are fabric paints available - I saw some the other day at a fabric store. Then of course there is house paint, which also comes in small cans and many colors. Don't knock it - house paint was used by De Kooning and Jackson Pollock among others...
 

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I totally plan on making myself some Jackson Pollock shirts when I find the time.
 

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i made a couple tshirts before, should have invested in silk screen set but was too cheap at the time and ended up hand painting them. took forever as i actually painted a woman's face i took from some hitchcock movie, anyways, i used acrylic paint, no water, which is permanent. Turned out great, only thing is though you can feel the layer of paint and it did toughen the shirt.
 

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If I have time today, I'll post a couple of my old creations. Back in high school I was really in to stenciling, and I would just use the same stencils on t shirts..

(Including a 3-layer acetate ghostface killah)
 

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i think this is how the wolf shirt was created. this is also another person who cannot let go of the concept.
 

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