Do At Home Project: Create Your Own T-Shirt
Here is a fun project. You don’t have to use a brand new tee shirt, (although if you do, get one with a thick as opposed to thin cotton). If you are experimenting with paints perhaps you may prefer brightening a plain but tired, apron! Most people who have painted at one time or another, have a few acrylic paints lying around they are no longer using. Beg that person to let you use them up. Fluid varieties of paints work best.
Create your own design, splashing on as many colours are you are brave enough to try. It doesn’t have to be a specific pattern to look good. If you prefer a more disciplined approach, choose your colour palate before you start. Mix two or three colours together to make your own favourite shades. Try out out a few different colours together on any piece of plain paper. Run the colours into each other, overlapping here and there. If you are not satisfied how it looks, change the order you are placing the colours next to each other. You will begin to see some ideas to help you decide what you like. For sure you don’t have to please anybody but yourself unless you are planning on giving this experiment as a gift. Put an old magazine behind the surface you want to paint. This will enable you to paint on to a firm base and keep the surface taut. If you find it easier, you can secure the stretched tee shirt over the magazine with a couple of clothes pegs. Splodge away. You may wish to sign or initial your original art!
When you are satisfied, carefully place the tee shirt on a hanger and allow to try. Voila, an original work of art that will surely bring compliments from your friends and family.
Send me some of your experiments via email and I will post the best ones.