Intro: Create a Galaxy Shirt (revised)
These revised instructions will guide you through creating your own galaxy shirt!
Step 1: Collect Materials
You will need:
- Black shirt
- Spray bottle
- Large plastic bags
- White fabric paint
- STIFF paintbrush or toothbrush
- Acrylic paint in up to 3 colors (I would suggest deep blues & purples for a good galaxy effect)
- Sponge brush or sponge
- Masking Tape
*****Note: You can purchase most of these materials at any craft store. I purchased mine from Michaels, but Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, and other stores will have the items too. I purchased the plastic garbage bags and bleach from a grocery store.
Step 2: Cover Workspace & Line Shirt With Plastic
Spread plastic bags out on the ground and line the inside of your shirt with plastic so that bleach does not get on the floor or bleed through to the back of the shirt.
Step 3: Create an Outline on Shirt
Use the masking tape to make the outline of a shape of your choice on the shirt. Make sure the masking tape is thick, so layer on the design if necessary. You do not want bleach leaking through the tape.
This outline will remain untouched by bleach and paint, so it will stand out in the end.
Step 4: Fill Spray Bottle
**WARNING: Keep bleach away from eyes and mouth. Wear gloves for added protection.**
Fill the spray bottle with 3/4 bleach & 1/4 with water.
Step 5: Spray Shirt With Bleach/water Mixture
Bleach should begin to turn your shirt a rustic orange instantly upon spraying it. If it doesn't, the material of your shirt probably needs a lot of bleach sprayed on it. You will need to spray a good amount of bleach on the shirt, from various heights, to get a good galaxy look.
The spray bottle was held about an inch above the shirt to make the very concentrated spots, shown in the picture. The spray bottle was held about a 6 inches above the shirt to make the circles. The spray bottle was held about 1.5 feet above the shirt to create a mist effect. Drops of the mixture were placed on the shirt to create the very small concentrated spots.
Step 6: Wash Shirt
As the bleach sets into the shirt it will eat away at the material and become very discolored. To avoid this, wash the shirt either on a spin cycle in the machine or hand wash it in cold water. The shirt can tumble dry in a machine or air dry.
****If you choose to use a washing and drying machine, remove the masking tape beforehand and replace it when the shirt is dry.
Step 7: Prepare Paints
Once the shirt is dry and ready to paint, place clean plastic on a flat surface and place drops of each of your paint colors on it.
Dip your paint brush or toothbrush into the white paint and flick it onto your shirt to cause the small specks to resemble a galaxy of stars.
If you get a big drop, merely put a cross through it to make it resemble a brighter star.
Step 9: Add Color
You do not want much empty black space left on the shirt. Fill in the empty black areas of your shirt with color by lightly dabbing different paint on with the sponge and spreading it around in various designs. Lightly lead the paint around in a swirly motion to get the galaxy look.
Step 10: Remove Masking Tape
Once you are satisfied with your shirt, remove the masking tape and you will have a finished a galaxy shirt!