Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DIY shirt graphics

Hello gothlings!

Have you ever seen people wearing those tank tops with graphics on the front and think "I can make that!" Well, I'll show you all my little trick of making all sorts of tank tops. Witty sayings, cool graphics, and when tank tops are about a dollar each (depending on where you buy them), you can mutilate them to your hearts content! :D

Tools needed: A computer, Sharpie(s), and tape.

So, first things first. On your computer, open Paint. Yup, just simple paint. For those of you who don't know what it is, on the lower left hand side of your computer screen, it says "Start". Click on that little sucker, then "Programs" then "Accessories." There under the list of accessories, click on the one that says "Paint." A window will open and it looks like this.

On the left side, there are two rows of tools that you can use to play with. On the row to the right and the fifth one down is the letter "A." Click that, then click anywhere on the white part of the window where your "blank sheet of paper" is at. Your screen should now look like this.

In the dotted box, write whatever slogan or saying you'd like it to say. Use the tools provided to change the text, the text size, and you can use the dark blue corners and sides of the dotted box to take up more space on your "blank sheet of paper" like this.

Now, put on your tank top. Place the tape around where you'd like your graphic on your tank top and center it on your body, using the straight tape as a guide. Once you have it placed where you want it, slip the tank top over your computer moniter screen. Center the graphic over the tape you just placed and tape the shoulders of the tank top to your computer.

Time to break out the Sharpies! I used black (as per usual), but you can use whatever colors you like. Using the Sharpie, start putting dots on the outline of your graphic like this.

Black Sharpie on white tank top picks up pretty well, so there's no need to press hard. Besides, if you do, you'll get marker on your computer screen, and I don't know it if comes off that well. Once you're done, untape your tank top from your moniter and slide a board/newspaper under it. This way, when you color it in, it won't bleed through.

Start coloring in your tank top.

 Once you have it completely filled in, let it dry for a few hours near a window or somewhere where it can ventilate (unless you like Sharpie fumes... like me).

Once it dries, slip that sucker on and wear it with pride/insanity/muffins.

Your finished product will come out perfect and straight every time. You can use scissors to alter the neckline to create the "gnawed on by Plague Rats" look, or embellish with whatever as well. I like this method more than most because you don't have to make trash or throw anything away so it's eco-friendly (except for maybe the fumes).
Tea stains at bedtime

Never mind the cheese, seeee the tooooop...
Damn, I got really tanned that summer...

Or pour bleach on a black tank for this result (Warning: MESSY).

Save a life, mutilate a tank top! <3!


It Shouldn't Hurt me to be FREE said...

that....is really fantastically brills! omg i need to try it RIGHT now!

Serenity said...

Haha, I'm glad you like it! Have fun! :D <3!

-E- said...

tea is the future? is this some hipster thing i should know about?

Serenity said...

Nope, it's not indie. My favorite musician Emilie Autumn made a shirt that said that, so I decided to make a homage to it. Tea is the Future! :3 <3!