Hand painting your own custom graphic tees
March 16, 2012 12:47 PM Subscribe
What are the best paints and other supplies for creating your own graphic tees/t-shirt art? Where can I buy the soft, plain tees for it?
posted by sunnychef88 to clothing, beauty, & fashion (2 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I want to hand paint my own graphic tees, and want to know the best supplies to use, and cheapest sources for them so that they look professional. The ideas and artistic design part is easy for me, but I'm totally inexperienced working with fabric!
I bought some Deco Sosoft fabric paints and a couple of fitted cotton tees, but am wondering what the cheapest way of obtaining these supplies is, whether I could be using better quality paints (i.e. paints that remain soft on tees, paints that don't chip in the wash, more vibrant colors, etc).
Also, I'm wondering what the different techniques and media are that people use to get certain looks. There's a watercolory wash look that stains the fabric that I'd like to be able to do. I can't get that sheer, delicate effect with matte fabric paints, right? Suggestions for techniques to explore would be appreciated.
Finally, I have some specific questions about supplies:
1. Where can I get a super shiny, smooth-looking metallic paint? Is it possible to get that wet, glistening look of a silver screen print using a fabric paint? The silver metallic paint I got was not very reflective or smooth looking when I tried it on a cotton shirt.
2. Where can I buy soft, fitted tees for cheap? I found some fitted cotton tees at the craft store, but the cotton feels a little rough and sturdy vs the tissue weight feel of a graphic tee. And the seams were noticeably shoddy and uneven.
3. Which brushes/sponges/stencils for transferring the paint on to the fabric are the most useful? What about fabric markers/dyes/etc?