Instructables

How to make a Galaxy Print on a white shirt

Featured
Picture of How to make a Galaxy Print on a white shirt
Most of the DIY's out there for this 'look' are started on a black shirt, and use bleach. But I had a white shirt that I really loved the shape of, and (of course) I spilled coffee on it. This is how I 'fixed' it.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Gather supplies

Picture of Gather supplies
white T-Shirt
Fabric Paint
Sponges
wax paper
old toothbrush
craft stick (or disposable wooden chopstick)
plastic bags or other dropcloth to protect your surface
cardboard & tape
scissors

Step 2: Build shirt insert

Picture of Build shirt insert
photo-19.jpg
In order to prevent the paint from seeping from the front of the shirt, through to the back; you have to create a cardboard insert to go into your shirt. You can buy one, or make it from cereal boxes or other cardboard. Since my shirt was a weird shape, I needed to make my insert from scratch.
Cut the cardboard & tape pieces together to fit perfectly into your shirt. Take your time & get it right and it will make a big difference in the finished appearance of your shirt. (random paint spots seeped through to the back are not pretty)

Step 3: Choose colors & prep paint

Picture of Choose colors & prep paint
photo-21.jpg
photo-22.jpg
I like to use a small baking tray and a piece of wax paper as my painter's palette; super easy & fast clean up. 
Because you're painting with a sponge, you need less paint spread over a larger surface area. I achieved this by putting a small amount of paint on the wax paper & then folding the wax paper over & smooshing it. Wahlah; your very own mini rorschach!
Also, if this is your first time using this sponge (as it was for me) you may want to grab some scrap paper & just test it out & get a feel for the look you want.
Wow! Amazing artistic skills.
Barrelruder
300sqFt (author)  Barrelrider1228 days ago

thank you, that's very kind!

-give it a try, I bet you could do it too! :)

cole44656012 months ago

tried it on my first shirt tonight. turned out well have a few tweeks for my other ones! thanks for the awesome idea!

temp_563999759.jpg
300sqFt (author)  cole44656012 months ago

Looks great! I love the way you did the layout! And thanks for sharing the pic!!:)

robopancake10 months ago
I love it! Out of curiosity, did you leave the back of your shirt white or paint both sides?
300sqFt (author)  robopancake10 months ago
Thanks! I did leave the back white.
dear2910 months ago
your shirt looks absolutely gorgeous!!!!!
300sqFt (author)  dear2910 months ago
Thank you!! :)
jvoga10 months ago
I showed this to my girlfriend and she really likes the shirt; could you tell me where I could get one for her?
300sqFt (author)  jvoga10 months ago
Of course! The brand is called ZOA, but I bought it at a Sample Sale from their wholesale store in Manhattan. I'm not sure if they have regular retail stores & where they would be. I would just suggest to Google the brand & see if you can locate a store or an online retailer. Although, I did buy it last summer, so unfortunately that style may no longer be available.
Hope this helps, sorry I couldn't be more specific!
jvoga 300sqFt10 months ago
thank you very much! it was a little helpful, but unfortunately there is just so much stuff by ZOA.....would you happen to know what "style" the shirt is?
300sqFt (author)  jvoga10 months ago
I'm sorry; I don't. As I said I purchased it over a year ago & I don't have any other info on it
jvoga 300sqFt10 months ago
well thank you for all your help! :)
300sqFt (author)  jvoga10 months ago
No problem, good luck!
Pwag10 months ago
Looks great.
300sqFt (author)  Pwag10 months ago
Thank You :)
Stone_UFO10 months ago
kewl
300sqFt (author)  Stone_UFO10 months ago
thanks!
jlindsey410 months ago
This is a fabulous tutorial! I would recommend going with the light colors first - it's much easier to paint black over a light color than vice versa - but clearly it worked well anyways!
300sqFt (author)  jlindsey410 months ago
Thanks for the input!
ab.10 months ago
This is great.
300sqFt (author)  ab.10 months ago
Thank you! :)
danzo32110 months ago
COOL.. white paint, does it have the feel of little beads?
300sqFt (author)  danzo32110 months ago
The paint does have some texture, but since it's fabric paint it is supposed to be pretty soft. Also, because I had to use a lot of black & then add other colors too- it's a little stiffer than prior to painting. So: No; not quite "little beads" more like touching a reg painting.
danzo32110 months ago
never seen a "tshirt' that shape, where'd it come from?
300sqFt (author)  danzo32110 months ago
It's from a brand called ZOA, I actually bought it at a sample sale.
winterfox10 months ago
So doing it!!
300sqFt (author)  winterfox10 months ago
Awesome! Feel free to share your pics! :)
That is beautiful! I love it!
300sqFt (author)  Penolopy Bulnick10 months ago
Thanks!!
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!