Now, I love Chuck, but being locked indoors for long periods of time totally drives both of us CRAZY.... So that's what inspired me to make this DIY Inkblot shirt.
What do you see when you look at the design?
- Cereal box
- Shirt (clean)
- Craft Paint
- Fabric Medium
- Clear Tape
- Packing Tape
- Optional: Iron and light cloth
(Of all the directions online, I found this one from Ready Two Wear to be the most doable and helpful. If any of my directions confuse you, check their site out! They have a video showing how they did everything.)
2. Slide the cardboard inside of your shirt. (It will protect your paint from dripping through.) Make sure that your cardboard's fold lies in the middle of your shirt.
3. Turn your shirt over to the back. Tape down your arms and any loose bits. You want the shirt to fit snuggly around the cardboard so that your design won't move around and smear as you paint. Again, make sure that your cardboard fold is in the middle of your shirt.
4. Now it's time to make our fabric paint. Mix your craft paint and fabric medium according to the directions. (My container said to mix them in a ratio of 2:1).
7. Let your paint dry overnight. Then, pull off the tape and pull out your cardboard.
8. Optional: Heat set your design. I usually do this, but this time I didn't. Place a thin piece of cloth (like a dish towel) over your design. Then, iron it.
Some notes about washing:
- Some of my cardboard stuck to my shirt, but it just came off in the wash.
- The paint initially felt pretty hard and stiff. But then it softened up after one wash.
- I wash this shirt inside out. (I also put it in the dryer to dry, but I have a feeling that could crack the paint... so I'll probably hang dry this shirt next time.)
And that's it. Now you've got yourself an inkblot shirt. Make one for yourself, or give it to your valentine.