Now that you know how to paint monochromatic motifs on your shirt, as I have explained in my last tutorial, it’s time we step it up a notch. Today I want to show you, how to apply images that need more than one color.
So if you want to know how I made this Dr. Living Dead T-Shirt for my boyfriend, using multiple layers of fabric paint, you should continue reading. 🙂
❤ T-shirt or other piece of clothing you want to paint (washed and ironed)
❤ Fabric paint. Make sure it’s the right kind for your fabric!
❤ Your image, a printer or drawing skills that are good enough
❤ Glue Stick
❤ Adhesive Foil
❤ Scissors, X-Acto knife
❤ Cardboard to use as an underlay
❤ Heat gun (optional)
1. Make a motif
Acquire the motif you want to have on your shirt. I used Google image-search to find the Dr. Living Dead band logo along with a grinning skull. Remember to flip any text horizontally before printing.
Now, decide which areas you want to have what color. I wanted the logo to be purple letters on a green ground. The skull should be a yellow color, while I wanted the bandana to be blue with white Xs.
2. Create the base stencil
Now glue your printout to the back of the adhesive foil. As you can see in the picture, I merged the Logo with the skull, so it looks more like one whole print instead of two seperate pieces. I also eyeballed where the bandana should be.
The bottom layer of the picture consists of the yellow skull, as well as the green foundation of the bandlogo. So I started by cutting out everything that would be green or yellow, which would be the white part of the skull as well as the black and white parts of the logo, within the black outline. Leave all the black lines untouched.
3. Applying the base layer
After you have cut everything unneccessary from the stencil, you want to peel the foil from it the back paper and stick it to the tshirt. Place a cardboard inbetween the layers of your shirt, so that the paint doesn’t push through to the back. Apply green paint for the logo at the top and yellow paint for the skull at the bottom. Use a brush, and don’t hesitate painting over the adhesive foil. It will protect the fabric quite well.
Add another layer of paint, after the previous one has dried, until the coverage is well enough. Then proceed to let the base layer dry overnight and peel off the adhesive foil afterwards.
4. Create the top stencil
To apply the purple letters to the green base, we need another stencil. Print out another copy of exactly the same image as you have used for the bottom part. The scaling needs to be identical. Glue this printout to the back of your adhesive foil. This time, don’t touch the white parts and cut everything black instead. Put the inner white pieces, that some Letters (D, A) leave behind, aside. You will need them.
I also drew the shape of the bandana by hand and cut the inner part out.
Make sure your base paint is dry enough, before you go ahead and stick the adhesive foil to the base coat. Then go ahead and use purple paint for the letters and blue paint for the bandana.
The good thing about painting on top of another layer of paint is, that it takes significantly less paint to have everything well covered.
6. Applying the crosses to the bandana
Essentially, this is the same method as adding the purple letters to the green background. You cut out little Xs from adhesive foil and stick the piece of foil with the holes in it to the shirt. Then you proceed to paint the cutouts white. Alternatively, you can just paint the Xs without a stencil, if you have a steady hand.
7. Drying & Fixating
Let the final layer dry overnight, before you remove the adhesive foil. Then follow the instructions on your paint how to fixate it. You will probably have to iron the shirt inside-out on the cotton setting.
8. Enjoy wearing your shirt! 🙂