This is one of my favourite Weekend DIY
projects ever! I’ve printed a couple of shirts in the past, but this one is by far
the best one (ok, ok… I say this about the most recent one every time). Here’s the end result we’re going for:
1 sheet of 1/8″ thick craft foam
paintbrush or sponge
scrap piece of cardboard (8.5″ x 11″)
* It’s important for the shirt to have been laundered before printing to make sure that the material has settled. The last thing you want is to have the perfect design stamped onto a shirt, only for the shirt to shrink after the first wash!
MAKING THE STAMP:
1. Sketch out your ideas for the stamp. I’ve been a little obsessed
with foxes lately, so I sketched out a bunch of fox head ideas.
2. Sketch the final design out onto the foam. Make sure to cut out all negative space that you don’t want being stamped onto the shirt.
3. Cut out a square (or rectangle) block from the sheet of foam.
4. Glue the stamp onto the square (or rectangle) block. Wait for the glue to fully dry (I waited overnight just to be safe!)
STAMPING ON THE SHIRT:
Before stamping straight on the shirt, I would suggest testing out the stamp and paint colours on some scrap paper first. You want to make sure that the thickness of the layer of paint being applied to the stamp is not too thick for being transferred onto the shirt. I also played with a couple techniques (sponging vs painting with a brush vs dabbing the stamp straight into a paint tray) before committing to one to do on the shirt.
Be sure to place the piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt before you start stamping. This ensures that the paint from the stamping doesn’t leak past the front layer of the shirt.
1. Mixing the paint: be sure to read the instructions on the back of the bottle of the fabric medium. You can also use fabric paint which doesn’t require fabric medium, but this is my personal favourite method since I usually need acrylic paint for other projects.
2. Stamp to your heart’s content! If your design requires finer details, go to step 3. If you don’t have finer details, skip straight to step 5.
3 & 4 (optional): I had an extra detail for eyes that couldn’t be added in the stamp block. Using a fine tip brush, paint on the extra details.
5. Leave the shirt to dry overnight.
6. With the iron on medium (with no steam), heat press each part of the design for 30 seconds. This helps to seal the design to avoid washing out and cracking in the laundry.
AAAAAAND you’re done :) Send me links of your shirts when you make them! I’m excited to see what designs you guys come up with!