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How To Turn An Ordinary Tee Into A Boutique Tee

November 22, 2014 | By

Debasish Bhattacharya shares some easy and simple fabric painting tips. Find out how to paint your own ordinary Tee and turn it into a unique T-shirt.

Paint it with fabric paints available in your neighbourhood market and you would have created a boutique tee, absolutely unique!

Paint it with fabric paints available in your neighbourhood market and you would have created a boutique tee, absolutely unique!

So you bought a Tee shirt and now you think it’s way too simple to wear… No worries, it happens!

How about personalizing that Tee to make it your own, something you won’t find in any shop?

Well, it’s actually quite simple to transform your “simple Tee” into something trendy and chic. Paint it with fabric paints available in your neighbourhood market and you would have created a boutique tee, absolutely unique!

I have done it for my daughter and now she likes it like anything.

How to paint your Tee

How to paint your own Tee 2

My daughter Anandi loves the Tees I painted for her. Enjoy making your own Tee and feel happy wearing it.

I. Take a board and place it in between the front and the back of the Tee shirt.
II. Fix it properly with the help of clips on all four sides stretching it to get a flat paintable surface.
III. Draw a sketch of any object or favourite sayings or even your name in a decorative way.
IV. Use Fevicryl Acrylic paint and your brush.
V. For getting neat margins use a thinner brush and paint the borders / margins of your sketch. Keep it for drying.
VI. Fill in the inner parts with a broader brush without worrying about your colour to spread. It will not spread as you have already got your dry borders / margins.
VII. Complete painting using as many as colours you want to use.
VIII. When complete, keep it for drying for 24 hours.
IX. Take out the board, turn it inside out and give it an ironing of moderate heat on the back of your painted surface. This will fix it forever.

Check out How to Create Artistic Tessellations, following some simple steps.

Remember these Fabric Painting Tips:

1. Keep your acrylic colour bottles tightly closed when you are not painting.
2. Wash your brushes with water immediately after painting.
3. While washing your Tee shirt avoid soaking it for long in soap water.
4. Prefer to dry in shade, away from direct sun.

Enjoy making your own Tee and feel happy wearing it.

If you have done one… share with all.

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A freelancer consulting Social Development Specialist. Debasish works in large-scale infrastructure development projects in India and abroad as well. An Anthropologist turned Regional Planner Debasish is fond of several activities from writing travelogues to cooking, from sketching, painting, photography to dress designing, embroidering to choreographing. Whenever he feels, in the early mornings or dead of nights, he sits with doing something creative that is so close to his heart.
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