How to use fabric paint on clothes

How to use fabric paint on clothes


Hello friends! Welcome to another Smiling Colors video. I’m Smitha and today’s video is all about
how to hand letter onto your t-shirt. That’s right I am DIYing a T shirt to say
Happy Halloween and this turned out to be a pretty easy technique! With this idea you can make your own custom
T shirt with any phrase or saying of your choice. Here’s the supplies you will need: A plain
T shirt of your size, I got this at my local craft store. Some fabric paint. I am using this dimensional fabric paint from
my stash today. You can totally free hand your lettering onto
the T shirt, but I am using a template. I lettered these two options here and sized
them to be a big small and a bit larger. I wasn’t really sure how big I would need
it for the T shirt. These are printed on typing paper itself,
nothing fancy. And now that I am looking at these, I like
this script better and I think I will go with this one. But I will have a free download of both of
the lettering templates on my blog smilingcolors.com Another item you will need- a light box. This definitely makes it so much easier! You’ll see in a minute here. I’m a visual person, so I had to see the
lettering on the T shirt to decide on the sizing, I like the bigger one, lets go with
that. Place the light pad inside your T-shirt. Wiggle out all the wrinkles and lay your T
shirt flat. Now place the lettering template onto the
light box. Here let me turn on the light box so you can
see that the template will be visible. Now you want to move the template +light box
down by about 4 inches from the neckline. Use a ruler to make sure that your design
in centered on the T shirt front. A rough eyeballing would be to make sure that
the centre P of the word happy lines up to the middle of the neckline. And now it it time to trace the lettering
with our fabric paint. I am going to turn the whole set up by about
45 degrees here so that its at a comfortable angle for my wrist. You can pin the paper template to the t shirt
to prevent it from shifting while you painting, but I have done stuff like this many times
and I’m pretty sure I can do this without pinning. Before you start lettering- grab a scrap piece
of paper and also a towel or paper napkin. These two are very important. First use your dimensional paint on a scrap
piece of paper to remove any air bubbles and also to determine how much pressure you need
to apply to the bottle for the paint to come out. Once you have that figured out start tracing
over the template slowly. If you are right handed start from the left
top corner and work your way towards the right and downwards. This way you wont smudge the wet paint with
when your palm rests on the T shirt. While using dimensional paints, apply an even
amount of pressure and move your hand slowly up and down to get neat lines. You can use a round paintbrush with your fabric
paints to trace over the template as well. But I have to say this dimensional paint is
much faster to trace with. It is pretty easy but don’t get too over confident. Pay attention and go slowly. And after a few lines, wipe your paint nozzle
clean with the paper towel. You want to keep doing this through out the
tracing to avoid build up of paint on the tip. I actually ended up using the other print
out as a reference on the side. This helped me know the letter shapes that
I need to trace easily. Now my first idea for this T shirt was to
totally free hand my lettering. That would have been so much faster I thought. BUT how would I center my letters to the T
shirt?? And I knew that letters had to be in the center
or else I would end up trashing this shirt. So after thinking quite a bit I decided that
tracing over a template would still be fast enough. For a second i thought about maybe leaving
it like this just the outlines, but then I decided to fill in the areas for a bolder
font and I flooded the areas with the paint. Make sure you keep your bottle completely
upright and not at an angle to avoid smudging the lettering you have here already. Here’s another option for you- if you don’t
have a light box- use a dress makers pencil to sketch your design onto the T shirt first
and then go over it with paint. I got this light box just recently and have
used it with my watercoloring till now- but using it this way is so much more fun! I’ll speed up the video here for the “halloween
word”. I am doing the same thing really and honestly
at this point you get into a rhythm. I’m also a little stoked at how cool this
is turning out and am telling myself- just slow down don’t mess this up. And we’re done. I’ll turn off the light box here so you
can see this easier. My paint didn’t actually stick to the paper
beneath. I was trying to see if that happened here
by moving the fabric ever so slightly. That’s because dimensional paint is much
thicker than regular fabric paint and doesn’t really soak into the fabric as much. If you are painting with fabric paints, simple
place a layer of cling wrap or clear tape on top of the template before tracing. Now comes the hard part. Letting this dry. Walk away from it and don’t disturb it. I finished this late at night and then went
to bed after. I am notorious at smudging things otherwise. The next morning I came and checked and it
dried so perfectly! The paint looks even no cracks and it looks
pretty good to me. There is a slight dimension to the lettering
but not too much at all. I will heat set this according to the manufacturers
info afterwards, but for now it’s ready to wear! Here is how the T shirt looks all done and
Hi! that’s me! Don’t forget to stop by my blog for a list
of the supplies and the free template download. You Let me know in the comments below if you
have any other questions about this technique. Also if you have better ideas on how to transfer
your lettering onto a T shirt. I’d love to hear them! Happy Halloween guys!

14 Replies to “How to use fabric paint on clothes”

  1. I love your shirt and how you went about creating it! I can't wait to try this… I've been wanting to do a mandala design with the words Namaste on a T-shirt and I think the way you did yours is brilliant! Thank you so for sharing 😊

  2. I use this to trace my design and iron on to the shirt before I colour it in. Much cheaper than a light box.
    https://www.amazon.ca/AUNT-MARTHAs-Create-Iron-Pattern/dp/B005VA32EK

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