Snowman Shirt – tutorial

Painting on clothing is easier than you might think.  I do it all the time for many reasons.  During December, we are allowed to wear holiday or winter  themed clothing instead of the usual uniforms, so I make my own.  I also give them out as gifts, not only for the holiday season, but for birthdays, special occasions or just to give as a very unique present.  The very first one that I did was to cover a paint stain that I’d gotten on a favorite colored shirt that was almost brand new.  People tell me that they could never do what I do, and I tell them, “Yes! You Can!”  This is my little Snowman Shirt, and I’ll show you how I made him in 10 easy steps!

Snowman Shirt - tutorial

What you’ll need:

Acrylic Paints or Fabric Paints – Brown, Black, Red, White, Orange

Fabric Medium (if you’re using Acrylic Paint)

Crystal Glitter Fabric Paint

Paint Brushes & water for clean up

Sweat Shirt or T-Shirt, pre-washed & dried using NO fabric softener

Cutting board covered with plastic wrap (to slip between the shirt)

Paint for Snowman Shirt

If you use Acrylic Paints, mix the paint with the fabric medium as per the instructions on the bottle.  (I used Ceramcoat by Delta, and the instructions say to mix 2 parts of paint to 1 part of medium)  I like using acrylic paints, because there are so many shades available compared to fabric paint.

Put the cutting board between the front & back of the pre-washed shirt.  (this keeps the paint from going to the back of the shirt)   I prefer using a cutting board because it’s sturdier than cardboard.

Step 1- Using a small paint brush, start with the basic shape… circles:

Snowman Shirt step 1

Step 2, fill in the circles with white.

Snowman Shirt step 2

Step 3, using the end of a thin paint brush (handle) dipped in black, add eyes & buttons.  Clean the end of the brush & dip in orange for the nose. Then add a smile with a thin paint brush & then draw in a hat.

Snowman Shirt step 3

Step 4, using white, add the directional dots to the eyes.  This gives the face a personality. 🙂  And add small dots to the buttons.  You could leave this solid black if you want it to look like coal.

Snowman Shirt step 4

Step 5, add a white hat band to the hat & some thin lines to the hat to give a little bit of dimension and snow to the brim.

Snowman Shirt step 5

Step 6, with red paint & a thin brush, add a scarf & some red lines to the white hat band so that it looks like candy cane stripes.

Snowman Shirt step 6

Step 7, with the white paint & a detail brush, add lines to the scarf so that the scarf matches the hat band.  With the brown paint & a detail brush, add some twig arms.

Snowman Shirt step 7

Step 8, using white paint, add some tiny dots to look like snow flakes falling.  Add a few to the snowman’s hat too!

Snowman Shirt step 8

Step 9, using the crystal fabric paint, add some ‘snow’ to the top & brim of the hat & to the tops of the twig arms.

Snowman Shirt step 9

Step 10: Add more crystal fabric paint to the snowman’s body & the falling snow flakes.

Snowman Shirt step 10

Set the shirt aside to dry & you’re done!

You don’t have to use the colors that I used.  I did this one for a sweet little girl on a long sleeved T-Shirt.  I just changed the colors & changed the arms so that I could add mittens.  Although you could just add the mittens to the ends of the twig arms.

Snowman Shirt Pink Version

If you’re still a little nervous about trying this on a shirt, practice on a scrap piece of fabric.  (it would make a cute pillow)  Or practice on a piece of card stock.  (it could be framed & hung for some holiday decorations)  Give it a try & you might just surprise yourself!

Happy Creating everyone!

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