My husband wanted a simple costume for Halloween. This is what we came up with. Neither of us has read the book "Fifty Shades of Grey." While this makes it difficult to build a costume around the characters, we decided to interpret the title more literally and made a "50 Shades of Grey" costume.
Step 1: Supplies
One T-shirt (preferably grey)
Wide Masking Tape (1.5 - 2 inches wide)
Acrylic Craft Paints in white, black, red, yellow, and blue.
Textile Medium (designed to be used with acrylic craft paints)
Permanent Marker or Fabric Marker
5 cups or bowls (for mixing paint)
5 plastic plates (for mixing paint)
Names for 50 types of grey (find my list in Step 6)
Step 2: Prep
Cut your wide making tape into 50 relatively equal lengths. I did this by laying the tape in strips onto a cutting mat and then using a paper cutting wheel and acrylic grid ruler. For a large man's shirt, I cut 2" wide tape into 3" strips. It really filled the front of the shirt well. For smaller shirts, us narrower tape and cut into smaller lengths.
Lay the shirt, front side up, on a flat surface. Slide a piece of flat cardboard, plastic, or other material into the shirt to prevent bleeding paint from transferring to the back of the shirt.
Lay your pieces of tape out in whatever pattern you'd like, with the edges of the pieces just touching their neighbors (no gaps). For this large man's shirt, 5 columns of 10 was ideal.
Finally, apply a tape border around the entire grid of tape.