13 May 2010

Painting a shirt with my little boy

I ran across this stuff in the Wal-Mart craft clearance aisle the other day.
It's paint that is supposed to make any regular craft paint into a fabric paint.  It was only $1.50, so I picked up some thinking it might be fun to play with.  Last week when my little guy wanted to do a project with me, I decided to give it a try.  Of course, he wanted to make a robot shirt.  So, I sketched a robot out on freezer paper, with plenty of input from my son.
I cut out the design on my cutting board using my trusty pocket knife.  I included eyes, mouth, and heart, hoping the details would show through.
I ironed on the design, and then put my cutting board covered with some wax paper inside the shirt.
I mixed up the paint according to the directions, and we had fun painting.  I was a little dismayed at how thin the paint was.  It would have been better on a shirt that wasn't so dark.  We set it out to dry in the sun, and then I later ironed it to set it.  Mind you, we're working with an old t-shirt that had some pilling in the striped zone.  I was disappointed to find that the paint seeped under the smaller pieces of freezer paper, so the eyes and mouth didn't come through.
But my little guy is thrilled with his "new" robot shirt...and that is what matters.

5 happy thoughts:

Tasha said...

I seriously LOVE that he is the one that painted it though. I love when my boys can participate in crafts. Gets them even more excited. I think it turned out cute! You draw really well. Love it.

Wendy said...

That is too cute! I think Im one of the only people left who hasnt tried that.

Charlene said...

I did this for one of my daughter's dresses - a girl robot, by the way.

I used teensy tiny buttons for the eyes, because my eyes bled through too.

Tell him he did a great job of painting!

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Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

I have a serious addiction to freezer paper stenciling. Great job!

vanpeltium-4 said...

That is so cute! Gotta try it!

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