Monday, November 07, 2011

DIY: Ink Blot T-Shirt

How cool is this T-shirt!?
You can make your own in less than 10 minutes.

(Click to Enlarge)

Well, lets go then!

What You Will Need:
-A Piece of Cardboard/Poster Board
(Anything will work as long as it can fit in your shirt and you can bend it)
-Fabric Paint
(Here, I am using Acrylic Paint. Fabric Paint will stay on the shirt longer and is more machine washable friendly)
-An old t-shirt

Lets Begin:

Start by Laying your shirt over the poster board:
(or whatever you are using)

Draw a line down the left side of the shirt on the poster board.
This is your cutting line:

Cut the poster Board:

Put the poster board in your shirt to make sure it fits.
Cut the board more to make it fit better if it is too big:

Take the poster board out of the shirt and fold it in half, long ways.

See, in the next photo, how the fold is in the middle of the board in the shirt...
Thats where your fold should be.

Put the poster board back in the shirt:

Here is the fun part!

Use your paint and get creative.
Dont try to make something. 
Just let it flow.
You can put the paint anywhere on the front of the shirt:

Fold the shirt in half. Be careful not to let the shirt slide around when you are folding it.

Carefully, open your awesome new t-shirt:

Let the shirt dry before removing the poster board!

Once it is dry remove the poster board:


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  1. GREAT tutorial!! I totally followed your lead and tried my hand at a couple of ink blot t-shirt designs. I mentioned your tutorial in my post that will go out tomorrow morning. Thank you!! :)

  2. Shannon,
    Thank you for doing this project and putting it up on your blog! I love this project a lot too!

  3. really good looking out come!
    love the edgeyness of the tee.

  4. amazing idea! Look really great! And is possibility to make something bigger and more colorful like patterns on catwalk :) something like kaleidoscope :D thanks