Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday's Tip: Shake Your Shamrocks!

I stumbled across this rad shirt from Urban Outfitters, but unfortunately I was too late. It was all sold out!
Sold out?!? No problem! In less than an hour, with just a few cheap supplies. I was able to recreate it!

black and green acrylic paint
Textile Medium
Freezer Paper
Charmed Life Cut It Set
LD This and That Font
Paint Brushes/Stencil Brushes

Begin by laying a sheet of freezer paper on your cutting mat, and cutting out the bottom layer of the shamrock from the Charmed Life Cut It Set using your favorite digital cutter. I sized them to about 3 1/2 inches wide and spaced them about 3 1/2 - 4 inches apart. I typed out "Shake Your Shamrocks" using LD This and That Font. The final size of the phrase was 10 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall. I also cut this out of freezer paper as well. If you don't have a digital cutter, you can also use and exacto knife to cut everything out.
Once everything is cut out, lay on your shirt and iron on using the highest dry heat setting.
The shirt is ready to apply the paint, just make sure you stick something inside the middle of it because the paint will leak through. My cutting mat was the perfect size! You need to mix 1 part of textile medium to 2 parts paint. (You can also just use fabric paint).
Apply the paint carefully, using a sponge or a paint brush. You can get different effects with each one. Make sure you are using straight up and down works strokes. The freezer paper works amazingly well, but straight up and down will help insure not getting any leakage underneath just in case you had a spot that didn't stick down all the way.
When its dry, you can remove the freezer paper. I also chose to do a little flecking because I liked the messy effect of the Urban Outfitter shirt.
And the finished product!

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