Feb 27, 2012

Galaxy Shirt Tutorial

Is that not the most awesome shirt you've ever seen, or what?! Wanna learn how to make your own? Keep reading...
You'll need some bleach and a little spray bottle. You won't need a lot of bleach (even what I had in my bottle was way too much) I mixed my bleach with some water, but not much.
You're also going to need some fabric paint. I have a lot of acrylic paints so I ended up getting this acrylic fabric medium, which basically turns any normal acrylic paint into fabric paint. Magic. I would say the best colours to use would be white, blue, purple and yellow. (but you can use any you want)
You'll also want to get a black t-shirt or any piece of black clothing.
a) Spray some bleach on your t-shirt . Make blotchy circles, don't cover the whole shirt with bleach though. You want a lot of black space too or it'll look too crowded once you put the paint on.
b) Now start splashing, dripping and smudging your fabric paint. You might want to use a sponge or something similar (paper towel?) but I used my hands. Make sure to wear old clothes and put some newspaper down, because you will get dirty. It's probably better to do this outside.
This is the same shirt but the front of it. I started with the back first to practise.
TIP: Start with the bleach, then splash on some white 'stars', then start making smudged areas of colour. I started with white, then yellow, followed by blue and purple. Build the coloured areas. Make sure they are close together and overlapped. It gives it a nice effect. Then I finished it all off with another coat of white 'stars'. I think they 'stars' look better when they're really small.
I did one side at a time and I let the whole shirt dry overnight and then put it in the wash the next day.
This is my shirt after it was washed. Still looked the same, no fades and the shirt feels the same too. Doesn't feel like theres hard dried up paint stuck to it, you know?

Totally going to make some galaxy tights and/or shorts too. Even thinking about turning one of my old boring black dresses into a galaxy dress. Wouldn't that look cool? Yeah, it's done. I'm doing it!

P.S. What's the difference between a tutorial and a diy?

20 comments:

  1. ooo love this! thank you for sharing!

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  2. STOKED! I am totally trying this, thanks!!

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  3. very awesome! would look AWESOME as a dress!!

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  4. This tutorial rocks! I think I'll try it with black fabric to make purses. :) Thank you!

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  5. Whaaaat? This is absolutely amazing! I've been looking for a shirt like that one for ages and now you're telling me I can do it by myself? Oh thank you thank you thaaaank you! You're a sweetheart! :)
    xx,
    Lilah
    http://lilycupcake.blogspot.com/

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  6. Awesome tutorial! I'm definitely going to have to try this out!

    -hannaH
    heyzombot.blogspot.com

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  7. can I reblog this? pic/ link to your blog?

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    1. I LOVE your shirt!!! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  8. Wow, your blog is so amazing ! and thanks for this tutorial :')
    xx

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  9. this is amazing, i am definitely itching to do this now. i just need to find a black t-shirt i'm willing to spare...

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  10. This tutorial is AWESOME! And I also love your header image. Seems tattoo-inspired. Lovely blog : )

    mybillie.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for sharing your craft and showing how to do this. You are amazing. Keep up the good work!

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  12. This tutorial seems SUPER cool, but is it easy? I really want to try and was wondering how long it took to dry.

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    1. I think mine was dry after about 30mins. But I also let the whole thing dry over night to be sure.

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  13. Thank you, Angel! My daughters have been asking me to do this. I am going to the craft store today - they are home on winter break next week, so we will have a project to do thanks to you! Love your blog :) New follower

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    1. That is great, I'd love to see how they turn out for you!

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  14. If you want watch my "DIY moustache galaxy t shirt" tutorial on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJDKiGqK6f8
    I will be very happy <3

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  15. I love how you actually have a medium for the acrylic. I'm not a fan of using straight acrylic on fabric, and when watered down to mimic a dye, it usually washes out a little quickly.

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