As I continue on with this Craftsy T-Shirt Challenge, I decided that maybe I was suffering from a creativity block due to the size of the project. So I started to cut one of the shirts apart. I am a quilter, it is normal for me to take perfectly beautiful pieces of fabric and cut them up. However, this did nothing to generate the creative spark I was needing.
So I decided that perhaps a change of color was in order. I washed both t-shirts to remove any sizing or finishes that my interfere with the paints I was planning to use. I also avoided using any kind of fabric softening agents for the same reason.
After preparing my table with a sheet of plastic, I gathered the necessary items:
- Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints
- Small containers to mix paint and water
- A paint brush
- a spray bottle with water
After a while, I came back and found this! Not the effect I was hoping for. All the colors blended into mush! I wanted to have some of the colors to blend together, but didn't expect all the colors to blend together.
Oh well, I still had another sleeve, so I decided not to saturate the sleeve with water in the beginning. I only used a slight mist to encourage the paint to stay moist. That was the key to creating the look I desired!
I also decided to add some larger salt granules to create a larger star burst effect. Since the second test turned out as desired, I proceeded to the front of the t-shirt.
I repeated the same process used on the second sleeve, only I also included some fine salt along with the larger granules. I was concerned how the Craftsy logo would react with the paints. I thought perhaps, the paint would remain on top hiding the logo, or that the complementary color choice might make it appear neon. But I proceeded on motivated by a looming deadline, and I reasoned there is still one more shirt!
|Close up of the logo area.|
After both sides were dry, I brushed off the salt(throw it away, do not use again).
Next I took all pieces to the ironing board to heat set the paints.
After they were set, I rinsed them in my sink to remove all the salt. Then I dried them in the dryer. While I was waiting for them to dry I went to my fabric stash to pull possible additional fabrics to use. This is what I came up with.
What do you think? Will the fabric work? What is she creating? Will she get it done by the deadline???? Stay tuned for more!
Next I have to prepare for tomorrow's Paper Snowflakes BOM. See you later-Linda