I haven’t painted a tee-shirt with acrylic paint in about… TEN YEARS ! When I was a teenager I used to customise all my tops like this, using tape, paintbrushes and even plastic bags in a cake decorating fashion if I remember correctly… Talk about homemade !
There’s no denying the new season brings stripes galor and it just so happens this is one of my all-time favorite trends. I wear colourful stripes a lot of the time so with a little extra inspiration from the catwalks, Clones “n” Clowns should be seeing stripes in all directions this Spring (literally). This is a cute design I drew a while back and has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, although I have to admit the tutorial has come along at the right time ! I think it’s such a cute idea to make one of the stripes go wild as it crosses the heart ♥
I decided this was the perfect project to reintroduce acrylic paint into DIY fashion because I can never dissociate stripy tee-shirts from that image of a typical artist with a colourful palette in his hand and a beret on his head. So this is a bit like the paint has jumped up off the palette and straight onto the tee-shirt… if you see what I mean ! Even if you don’t, the steps are easy to follow ^^
Bring on the tutorial !
Of course if you wish to paint the back and / or arms as well, you may do so by simply mask-taping and painting as you did the front. Please, please, PLEASE wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape !
About using acrylic paint on fabric : According to my experience, acrylic paint can be used on fabric just like fabric paint. It doesn’t seem to dye other clothes in the wash and only fades after a lot of washes. However, I always advise washing homemade / customised clothes by hand if you can. This project can of course be done with regular fabric paint instead of acrylic paint.
As usual, I’ll show you how I like to wear this top very soon. For now, it’s way too snowy in London to go outside for a photoshoot so I’m staying put on my sofa, with a homemade chai latte in my hand !