It has probably happened to many of us that when we see an original design or drawing, we immediately think "I want a t-shirt, shirt, dress, trousers, etc. with that printed on it right here! But as it has probably also happened to us, there is nothing on the market like what we imagined.
Here's a solution: the process for making a printed on a T-shirt homemade. A great way to "customise" their clothes, practice their artistic skills and have some fun. You can also browse through the huge gallery on eBay and choose the T-shirt you like best.
We will need the following:
- Garment of choice: any garment made of cotton or synthetic fabric, except leather. (Buy on eBay)
- Fabric paint in the required colours. (Buy on Amazon)
- Brushes. (Buy on Amazon)
- White paper and newsprint.
- Carbon paper.
- Tracing paper.
- Iron and ironing surface.
- A board made of a hard material, hard enough not to bend and allow the chichetas to stick. As it serves as a rigid board, it should be large enough to cover the entire drawing.
- Prepare the board for use: line it with newspaper, one or two layers. Then line it again, but with the white paper.
- Wash the garment with water only and leave to dry. This is necessary to remove the sizing and to allow the paint to adhere properly. Ironing is optional.
- Prepare the garment on the board: fix the garment on the board with the tacks, which also serve the purpose of centring the area on the board where the design is to be placed. The fabric should be neither too stiff nor too loose, it should be stretched as if it were being worn. The surface where the paint is to be applied should be the outer side of the canvas.
- Transfer the drawing to the canvas: at this stage, it all depends on the individual's drawing ability. The outlines can be drawn directly with a pencil or a thin marker. Otherwise, the drawing should be traced and transferred onto light-coloured carbon paper, such as yellow or white.
- Painting. It is up to the person concerned to choose the brushes and paints. It is not necessary to finish the work in one day, but once finished, let it dry for a day, maximum two days.
- Ironing: turn the garment inside out (the area in contact with the skin facing outwards). Place a layer of white paper on each side of the pattern, lay it on a flat surface and iron it. The iron should be hot and should rest gently for a few seconds on one side of the pattern, not in the traditional ironing motion. Repeat two or three more times and continue until you have covered the entire painted surface.
Ready. Once cooled, the t-shirt will be printed and ready for use.