Step 3: Add Some Color (or Not)

This is where you fill in the more solid details.  The t-shirt doesn't have to have more than one color.

If you do opt for many colors, I recommend starting with the main color first.  Follow with adding shadows then highlights.  You might want to stretch the shirt a bit to make sure the color is getting into the grooves of the weave.  Better penetration means better durability and stronger color.  Yes, I said penetration.  Stop giggling.

Using the paint undiluted (except with the textile medium) at this point will make the colors resistant to any "watercolor" washes you use in a later step.

Be careful when you're trying to get full coverage.  If you add a little water to your color, it will be easier to press into the fibers of the shirt, but it's also more likely to bleed.  It helps to touch your brush to the paper towel after loading it with paint and before painting the shirt.  It blots any excess water and it shows you how runny/likely to bleed the paint is.
<p>Thanks for all the good info, I'm going to try!</p>
<p>Excellent work. I love the Monty Python one especially. Just one question. Is it an African or a European swallow?</p>
<p>Awesome Hand Painting Just Two Mint Work. He is the greatest painter i hope you can not see like this painting in very short time. His name is BRUCE LEE. http://thisreals.com/awesome-hand-painting.php</p>
<p>how long if im ironing it? im painting one for my fav. kpop band lol</p>
We are having a baby and currently have 2 boys and I'm going to have a lot of fun with this. Thank you
this is one of my works!!i love art and music!!
Ok I got brave and tried it:
That is amazing! I haven't seen many Vader/fine art mashups before.
Awesome! a little bit Star Wars, a little bit Starry Starry Night
gorgeous! I love it!
This may be a stupid question, but do you let the shirt dry before ironing it/throwing it in the dryer?
I should have read this through before commenting on the step in the start, I see a baby murloc now! &lt;3 Do you have your art online anywhere? Like deviantart? You're really talented and creative, I'd like to see more of your work :)
I LOVE the murloc! Maybe put a baby murloc (the ones with the cutest murloc-squeals) in a babybody?<br><br>Great 'ible, I feel inspired already.
Murloc! Yay!
that is brilliant, i want to try it, what is textile meduim though, any idea where i could buy it?
Textile medium is something you mix with acrylic paint to make it more flexible and soft on fabric. It's not necessary, but it helps so the painted shirt isn't stiff at all. I find it at my local craft store in the section with acrylic craft paint. The bottle says &quot;use only with this brand of acrylic paint,&quot; but that's a crock. Their brand of acrylic paint doesn't have enough pigment and is way too runny. It works with any type of acrylic.
class thanks alot, im so gonna try it
Ironing is soo much easier, I got this from another instructables and it works, Draw what you want on the rough side of sanding paper with a crayon, then iron the smooth side on the shirt.
different techniques, different effects. I don't find painting difficult at all. :)
Then your tallented :) i cant pant at all i suck at it :( im ok at drawing though.
I've been doing this sort of thing for years... I had a hoodie in highschool that was rather boring black, and I was bored one day in art class after finishing a piece using acrylic paints. So, I asked my art teacher if I could use a bit more, and he said yes. I walked out of class with a painted hoodie :) Stars on one sleeve and the hood, painted lacing on the other, and &quot;watch me&quot; painted on one pocket. I've never had a problem with flaking or flexibility, it just took quite a while to dry. <br> <br>Best thing I've ever done to a hoodie, but I just might take the art back up here shortly.... :D
I have always thought about this...my thing is the AP's seem to dry out rather quickly. Do you use anything to slow the process? <br>Great Instructable!!!
no, I just use small amounts of paint so I don't waste a lot.<br><br><br>I do use water often when I'm painting shirts, so that might help. I also paint fast... I don't get a whole lot of free time.
omg! their beautiful! great job!<br>
yay! I was going to start nagging you to write about your awesome shirt painting.
I wasn't going to (how does one tell others how to paint free hand??), but someone told me I had to. :)
The Van Gogh oneis excellent, the robot is pretty cute too.
Wow, such a great instructable. You are very talented.
I love your murloc shirt :D
Wow, I love the van Gogh one, very good work!

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