Topic: DIY Guide to painting a shirt / hoodie ect.
I was asked by Norwood if I could do a basic DIY guide for painting a shirt / hoodie ect so here's a step by step guide. No drawing ability is needed although you will need to be able to paint between the lines.
What you will need.
1. Transfer paper - I use Saral wax free transfer paper, usually available at your local art shop or online.
It comes in a variety of colours but I've found the white to work best on dark shirts and they grey to work best on light shirts.
The paper basically works like carbon paper but it is chalk based and will just rub clean of your shirt.
It's can also be used multiple times to keep it for next project.
2. Fabric paint. I use Permaset supercover fabric paint, for no reason other than it's what my art shop stocks. They have a basic range of colours that are ok for light shirts but you will need the supercover line for dark shirts as it is much thicker and will cover the dark fabric.
Strong tape - something like gaff tape to hold your design down as regular sticky tape won't stick well to fabric, and the worst thing that can happen is for the image to move whilst transferring.
Blunt pencil or ball point pen for tracing around the image. I find a blunt pencil to be best as it doesn't seem to tear through the paper as easily as the pen does.
Small short brisseled paintbrush. I find using a small brush is much easier to use, especially if you're a beginner as you have more control and are dealing with less paint as you go. And if you do happen to go astray a little it's not as big an error as when using a larger brush.
If you are filling in a large area with paint you can always use the small brush to do around all the edges and the fill inside with a larger brush
4. A board / stiff piece of cardboard ect larger than the size of your design. I use a pice of perspex when doing the front/back of a shirt and a hard piece of cardboard for the sleeves.
So now we start.
Firstly, work out your design. I usually put a design together in photoshop myself, but you can just download an image / band logo or whatever of the net and then print it up.
Then enlarge it on a photo copier to the desired size to fit your shirt.
Just a hint here. Once you've enlarged the image take a bit of time to square up the paper with your image centered as this will make it a lot easier to line it up properly on your shirt.
Place the board / cardboard inside the shirt between the front and back layers.The board is for when you start tracing around your image, as you need to press firmly and without the board you will just rip through the paper.
Line up your image in the desired position on your shirt and take a bit of time with your ruler to make sure the distances from each side and the bottom are even.
Nothing looks worse than if your image is lop sided.
Then tape the image down with two pieces of tape on top, and slide a piece of the transfer paper under your image, and then I usually put one piece of tape on the bottom to hold the image.
Important. Make sure you have the transfer paper up the right way, otherwise you will just end up transferring the image onto the back of your photocopy. Just do a little test and work out which side needs to be facing down.
Then using the pen/pencil trace around all the outlines of the image you are transferring. You will need to press firmly but not too hard as you will end up ripping through the paper.
Usually if the you are doing a large image the transfer paper won't be big enough for the whole image so just trace around the top of your image, then slide the transfer paper down and trace around the bottom half.
Once you have traced around the whole image, remove the bottom piece of tape and gently lift the image from the bottom just to check that you haven't forgotten to trace around any parts. If ok then remove the photocopy from the shirt and you should have a good transferred image.
After that it's a matter of painting between the lines. There's not many ways I can help you with this step. Just give a few suggestions.
Take it slow, use the small brush as stated earlier and don't load too much paint on the brush at once.
Try to work so that your arm is not moving across the transferred image all the time as it will rub off.
I usually transfer some of the fabric paint into a small pot as it tends to get claggy and very hard to work with when it starts to dry out, so it's best not to have the lid of your large pots of paint for extended periods.
I usually do two layers of paint on black shirts to get really vibrant colour. You'll find your second layer will go on a lot easier and take less time than the first.
In this photo I'm working upside down so I'm not rubbing across the image at all
So that's about it. Give it a shot and post your results for us all to see.