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Picture of The Two Dollar T-Shirt Makeover!
My uniform of the day, most days is a t-shirt.  Love the simplicity, feel, utility, and price!  I get a lot of shirts at thrift shops for around two dollars most days. So I find it real hard to pay 12, 20 dollars or more for the same thing, only newer perhaps. I recently bought some white shirts with the idea that they would be great for summer wear, and be very visible while riding the bike.  But white is plain white, and I decided to "spiff" up a couple of shirts.  I came up with the ideas presented here, and am happy with the result.

Step 2: Obtain Shirts and Gather Art Materials

Gather the shirts you want to up cycle and a few necessary supplies:
1.  Paint-regular acrylic art paint.
2.  Texture Medium to add to paint and make it more permanent.
3.  Contact paper: not absolutely necessary, but I used the adhesive kind, seemed to work well. Plain paper or card stock would work.
4.  Brush or stencil sponge.
5.  Cardboard insert to separate layers of t-shirt while painting...avoids bleed through.

Step 3: Cut Stencils

Picture of Cut Stencils
I went for real simple designs as shown, so didn't spend a lot of time on them.  First, I cut a one inch square pattern, and then a one-half inch pattern.  One row of each is cut, and then simply move the stencil when ready to do the second row. Saves time in stencil cutting!

Step 4: Sponge or Brush On Paint

Picture of Sponge or Brush On Paint
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Using careful techniques, align and place stencil and proceed to do the coloring in.  Don't overload brush/sponge and make sure that the stencil is pressed down tightly to prevent bleeding around edges.  It's better to start light, and then darken as you proceed.

Step 5: For Circle Pattern, Just Use Stencil Sponge

Picture of For Circle Pattern, Just Use Stencil Sponge
Using the same one inch grid stencil, mainly to orient your stenciling, just dab on the paint into the center of each square. Since the sponge is nearly round, it saves the step of cutting circles in the contact paper....
 
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bigloaf2 years ago
Hi Creativeman, Great project!!! I've been following your instructables for a while now. This one and your faux granite signs are over the top in my book!!
Creativeman (author)  bigloaf2 years ago
Thank you bigloaf!