Thursday, July 28, 2011
Happy Birthday, dear!
For JJ's birthday I decided to make him a slogan t-shirt with his favorite Darth Vader quote on it. Ever since he bought Owen a Darth Vader helmet that talks, he's been stopping the kids in the hallways and saying this. So. Obviously a t-shirt was in order. We're big fans of slogan t-shirts anyway. Cheesy, but fun. For this I used a t-shirt (100% cotton) purchased at the craft store, black and white fabric paint, a black fabric pen and freezer paper. I chose the font I liked best from the never-ending list available on my word doc program, printed it off, then traced the outline onto freezer paper (which I bought at the grocery store - Safeway, actually - and which is made by Reynolds - I know it isn't always easy to find, but it works great). I cut the letters out with an x-acto knife, then ironed the waxy/plastic side to the shirt (no steam). With a stiff bristled craft brush I applied three coats of white fabric paint and let it dry between each coat. When the last coat was dry I peeled the paper off and touched up any bleeding with black fabric paint. When that was dry I noticed a few places that needed some exacting touch ups so I used a black fabric marker for the detailing. All told it only took an afternoon to do and the result is terrific! I will definitely use this method again.
And JJ seems happy - and that makes me happy! Hurray for birthdays!