for part II of the t-shirt make-over series (find part I here) i decided to do a geometrical design using the potato stamping method and some fabric paint.
you may have potato stamped before - probably in kindergarten but hey, that counts ;)
the method is really super easy, cheap and you can stamp any kind of design you're able to cut into a large potato.
to create this design or something similar this is what you'll need:
a white t-shirt (i used fruit of the loom men's v-neck shirts in size s)
fabric paint (i experimented with 3 kinds, two were martha stewart's all purpose acrylic paints and one was actual fabric paint)
a sponge brush
several large potatoes
a sharp knife
pieces of cardboard
craft paper to protect your work surface
first you'll need to cut your shapes into the potatoes.
i used a marker and then simply cut away the area i didn't want to print with. simple shapes will turn out best so don't do any intricate designs unless you majored in potato sculpting.
make sure to cut at least 1/2 - 3/4 inch deep into the potato which will help keep your designs nice and clean when you print.
i recommend you try out your stamps on a scrap piece of muslin fabric or an old t-shirt.
i was looking for a muted black color and ended up going with the actual fabric paint instead of the martha stewart gray (left) and gloss black (top).
i applied the paint with the small sponge brush because i had more control over the cleanliness of the shapes while printing. any excess paint may drip from the stamp onto unwanted places on your shirt.
i wanted the design to be slightly "imperfect" so i didn't mind it if some shapes didn't print as evenly as others. let the paint dry as per directions before you turn it over to print the back.
i also rolled up the sleeves and lightly stitched them in place.
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