Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2015
This year marks the 5th annual Handmade Holiday Blog Hop and I'm so excited to be one of its contributors! I'm really excited about the gift I made but before I jump right into the how-to I want to make sure you know there are links, and a giveaway, for you to check out at the bottom of the post.
One of my daughter's favorite things to do is draw and frankly, she's pretty good at it. At least I think so and it's hard to argue the merit of a child's artwork with a parent.
You know who else fauns over your little one's handy work? Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even family friends. Thankfully, it's really easy to turn all their creations into creative, one-of-a-kind gifts!
We actually used three different techniques but they all had the same premise and that is to spotlight my budding artist's work. First we created a floral watercolor piece; secondly, we painted on an iron-on image transfer; and thirdly, we combined the water color with the image transfer. All you need to recreate any of these projects is:
So Soft Fabric Paint - iron on transfer paper - paintbrushes - water - cardboard -
fabric painting surface - binder clips
Big thanks to DecoArt who provided the So Soft Fabric Paint for this project!They are acrylics that are specifically made for fabric, so they don't crack and the fabric remains soft. When you're using the paint (especially if you're going to water color) you'll need to back your material with a piece of cardboard to prevent bleed through.
Here's a hack for you - Use binder clips to hold your fabric in place while you're painting!
Like I mentioned before our first project was a floral water color, using only the paint. It was done free hand which can be intimidating but it's not as hard as you'd think.
To start off I spritzed our shirt with water AND added a bit to the paint. Then we started painting.
We knew we wanted to do flowers but instead of drawing them straight out we created color blobs-for lack of a better word.
Using the brush, we dragged the paint out and helped it to spread throughout the fabric until it all kind of blended together. Sometimes we'd give it an extra spritz of water.
Once it was dry, we painted on our flowers in black.
For our second shirt we used the iron on transfer paper to transfer a drawing to the shirt. Did anyone else feel like that sentence was almost a palindrome? From there we simply used the paint to color in the design. Doesn't she look like a Modigliani?
The last project is a gift for myself! Es had drawn a picture of me but hadn't given me any hair. I love that picture so much and thought it would be fun to give myself a rainbow afro (if you saw my hair on a bad day you'd understand) and put it on a shirt!
So before I ironed on the transfer paper drawing I repeated the same process we used for the first shirt to create a wild array of colors! Watching the colors blend together is so much fun and it's hard to STOP adding more and more.
To help keep perspective of where the drawing would go I'd just hold it up to the shirt/painting from time to time, as you can see in the picture above.
I know these might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love them.
If you're thinking they look like tie-dye you'd be correct but they were WAY less messy to make and with the paint you can use so many more colors.
I CAN NOT wait to wear my shirt, be sure to follow me on Instagram
and I'll share a rare selfie when I do!
Big shout out to all of this year's Handmade Holidays Blog Hop sponsors.
Lovely project and so artistic love what you have done on these tee's.ReplyDelete
Love love love these! Great ideas! How fun! Thanks for sharing! Thanks also for the chance to win an amazing prize package.ReplyDelete
Gosh, I think its been years since I've painted on t-shirts. Love your modern/contemporary designs! Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Surely a personalized gift and I just love it. I especially love the tshirt with the gils hair. Love it. Thanks for showing how to.ReplyDelete
These are the kinds of shirts that you must wear something presentable underneath. I bet wherever you wear them people offer to buy the shirt off your body. They are wildly imaginative and individual.ReplyDelete
What fun shirts! Love the colourful Afro.ReplyDelete
Love the hair t-shirt. Thanks for a great project!ReplyDelete
I love your t-shirts!ReplyDelete
Love all of your projects. I am going to try to make some tee shirts. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
such great shirt designs! love the side one with the flowers!ReplyDelete
This looks like fun!!ReplyDelete
What a fun project! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
LOVE these awesome shirts!!!! I make a bunch of these every year for gifts and hadn't thought of using watercolors!!! TFS!ReplyDelete
So many stunning ideas!ReplyDelete
I love the multi-color hair! Excellent job on these shirts! Tfs Patricia BReplyDelete
FUN & FABULOUS project - LOVE IT!!!ReplyDelete
LOVE the idea of decorating t-shirts (I used to sew them for everyone in the family, this is taking it up several creative levels - AWESOME) and LOVE the idea of pulling all the ingredients together into kits to giving creative family & friends too!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your COOL & CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!
I love this project I can do this with my granddaughter she'll love it and she's got great drawings to lolReplyDelete
these would be fun to make and wear.ReplyDelete
That is so cool! We do an exchange in my extended family and I always make gifts for everyone--this year I have tweens, baby and a Mom and Dad to take care of. So far I'm making morse code bracelets for the big girls and some spa treatment type stuff for the Mom. I'm also trying to make a fabric memory game with family photos.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your creativity.ReplyDelete