If your craft or hobby is to paint and you are trying to sell your painting, try venturing into the land of wearable art!
This is really a hot market, and if you enjoy painting, then all you are doing is exchanging your canvas paints for some fabric paints. You can get good 100% cotton t-shirts online in bulk to get started for a good price online or even at Wal-Mart.
I love to paint and I sold quite a few of these. Another idea is to paint longer t-shirts that can be used a bathing suit cover ups as those are hot too. Do some fun and funky things. Try different ideas and see which age market goes for your wearable art. Here is a great video to give you an idea of how easy it is to paint a shirt by using fabric paints.
Wearable art is a great way to sell at craft shows. I have been finding many customers to be coming away from wall art or trinkets they have to dust, but love the idea of showing off something original in the form of clothing.
Don't forget to slip a heavy piece of board or cardboard between the front and back of the shirt and make sure it is stretched to the point of no wrinkles. I find that the texture of the fabric can add some dimension to your shirt. If you use proper fabric paints such as the ones pictured then you will not have to heat set them. They are washable and wearable once dry.
Idea Number Two:
Bleach Shirt Art
Using a stencil that you have made or purchased, you then proceed to cut out the stencil and then using a paint brush follow the stencil with bleach. In this video she does a trial first in a seam because some colors of shirts will bleach differently.
If you have some cool designs of your own, create stencils from them and use bleach to create the scene on a shirt to sell. Different colored shirts have different reactions.
Idea Number Three:
Fabric Marker Shirt - This works with water to give the watercolor effect. Draw the outline then with a brush and water blend the color out. Create quick original shirts to give as gifts or to sell using the Tulip fabric markers below:
Spray paint your shirts using different types of resists, such as paper, cardboard, objects or anything you desire including large stencils you have made. The ideas are endless and this fabric spray is non toxic and non aerosol. Just make sure to protect the inside of the shirt. These remind me of tie dyed shirts. You can get the Tulip fabric spray below:
You don't even have to get into as much detail as the video, you could simply come up with your own stencil. If you are afraid of making a mistake, and you have a simple design, then create it on paper first using a dark marker, then slip behind the shirt and you will be able to see it and then you can trace it. Practice on paper first until you are happy with the design. Have fun!
Idea Number Five:
How to Design Custom Shirts with Bleach - Using homemade stencils traced out onto freezer paper. As long as the shirt is cotton and you follow the instructions you can create some pretty awesome looking shirts especially if you are going for a more monochrome look.
Bleach painting has become a popular way to decorate darker cotton shirts and especially denim. You can create stencils and use a paint brush in bleach but if you want to do finer lines you pretty much had to resort to bleach pens used for cleaning. But there is a way to create your own and I found this video that shows you how to make your own batch as long as you have some kind of fine tipped empty squeeze bottle to use as the pen you will be set and then you can create finer lined drawings on your shirts.
Making your own bleach pen can help you to do finer work as long as you have an empty squeeze bottle with a fine tip. If you prefer you can simply use the bleach pen for cleaning as it works well too below:
Bleach can be a perfect type of dye for the right colored shirt. It works well for the stencil that doesn't need colors but you can also free hand with a bleach pen such as in the video below.
You need a particular formula such as the homemade bleach gel pen with cornstarch or the Clorox pen above, they are thicker and the bleach will not run for drawing freehand.
Go crazy with Doodling! Using the right formula of bleach will stop it from bleeding and you can create a doodle design as the one above. I think this would look awesome on dark shirts but especially on denim crafts as well such as purses and bags. You need to find a cone or pen or some kind of bottle with a super fine end to get this effect.
There are so many products on the market now to make painting shirts much easier. Hopefully a few of these videos will inspire you to try something new. If you love to paint, then try painting a shirt instead of a canvas. Many people love to purchase wearable one of a kind art. It would be like a walking billboard.
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