First I thought of stenciling because I really want cute graphic t-shirts like the ones here or here, but I don't want to pay that much for them. I want them to be like... Walmart cheap. Except cute and original. Which pretty much means I'll be making them myself right?
But first I had to practice. I don't have any fabric paints yet, but I DID have acrylics and I DID have burlap. So of course I dove right in!
First I found a cute graphic and traced it on to this little stencil plastic I bought:
Then, being very careful with a craft knife I slowly (oh so slowly!) cut out the design:
Sprayed the back with spray adhesive (not sure if this'll work for my t-shirt, but it worked fine on the burlap):
Once firmly affixed, I chose my colours, some foam brushes and a plastic lid for paint application. I forgot to put cardboard behind this one! It's not that important since i was on this broken cutting board I use for crafts, but if I had been on my table I would have been mad. lol It bled through like crazy!
I just dabbed dabbed dabbed until when I peeled it off, it looked like this! I layered some colours to get some blending:
I've never been much of a fine artist, but this was so easy! You didn't even have to stay in the lines! To be honest, this particular design required a little bit of touch up with a little brush on the branches, then I put in the little pink centers with another brush. Cute, right??
Then I just swapped them out with the calendar pages that were getting old and tired in my dining room. TA-DA!!