Tuesday 14 August 2012

Shirt graffiti

We've been having lots of conversations here lately about what constitutes art, as opposed to graffiti.

I'm not sure into which category the girls would put me painting all over their T-shirts - but I suspect it's graffiti!

I have a new tool to assist me in 'graffitiing' old and/or plain T's - this book, Stencil Me In.

It comes with 28 reusable stencils of varying size, in lots of great designs that will suit children and adults.

Images that can be used on a variety of projects - be they cushions, bags, clothing or of course you can use them on surfaces other than textiles!

I decided to try something new this time to assist with a clean finish.
I sprayed the back of the stencil with quilt basting spray to hold it in position.

It worked a treat - even for this very intricate design - I am really pleased with how sharp the results are.

Quilt basting spray is repositionable too - so if you put it in the wrong spot - just peel it off and try again.

I'm off to get  few more paint colours as I can see this book being experimented with a lot in the coming months.


Unknown said...

Love it!!!

What paint treatment do you use on the tees for the stencil?

nicole said...

wow they look great karen!
good idea with the quilt basting spray too :D

Cath said...

Karen, those shirts are looking great! We have been having the graffiti conversations here too...Miss L is finding it everywhere.

ARTwendy ... said...

You & your magic cans ... great idea! You should let Lotta know ... she may not have thought of that one!! Love the electric blue one!

CurlyPops said...

Oh cute!

Cass said...

Wow I love them

Unknown said...

The quilt basting spray is a great tip. The t-shirts look fantastic.

Seaweed and Raine said...

They would make quick gifts too!
Looking good.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are fabulous! I'm adding to my wishlist.

Sally said...

Those shirts all look fantastic. Love love love the blue one.

Tanya said...

Loving that blue shirt with red design- they all look great. For some reason I have always had a bit of a 'mental block' against stencilling, maybe overkill with the stencil set I had as a kid!! These help to redeem stencilling for me.

Kylie said...

It looks like a great book. I am going to have to get some tips on this stenciling thing (I was too busy making Hot Chocolate in the kitchen)
I love the blue shirt too.