Semester breaks give you time to catch up on stuff you wanted to do all year long but didn’t have the time to do so. Of course, only after you’ve written all your exams and papers (some people aren’t as lucky to have some time left after that, but I am). However, there is always something that’s falling by the wayside, in my case mostly playing guitar (I really have to do that again!) and learning how to handle my old camera, which I wanted to do for ages. But it feels good to catch up on my creative work at least, I actually feel like a whole person again. Which I guess only creative people will understand. Or actually, every person not able to pursue his or her hobby will feel a little out of balance, so I guess this goes for us all.
I am really cherishing this free time right now, although I’m a person who needs an organized daily routine. But boredom really is some luxury.
So anyway, after the preparation for my London trip I guess it was time to get some creative stuff done again, and since this project is one of my favourites I really like to share it with you guys!
- a white Shirt
- black textile colour
- scissors or a sharp knife
- image editing program
You either need a little Photoshop practice or you do this by hand: Draft your own logo or edit an already existing fashion logo by putting something funny in place of the brand Name.
You can do this two ways, you either buy a special textile foil for your printer (which I did) or you create a stencil and work with textile colour. Now, take the already existing fashion logo and print it out in the right size onto your foil. You might want to run a test on how big the logo will be. Now take a flatiron and iron the logo onto your white shirt. Instructions are normally on the package.
The trickier part is the “brand name”. Look for a similar font on the internet, there is plenty of freeware out there. Adjust the size of your lettering to your logo (again, printing it out on normal paper beforehand is best).
Again the two possibilities (whatever works better for you): Print out the lettering on the textile foil or create a stencil by printing it out on normal paper and cutting out the letters. That’s some tricky work, but it’s worth it.
And the last step: Iron on or paint on the lettering. In the latter case iron the paint to make it stick to the fabric. If you want a washed-out look like that on the picture, wash it a few times without turning the shirt around beforehand. If you used textile colour it will normally stay black.
And you’re done! The work itself actually doesn’t take so much time, it’s the drafting and creating a fitting logo that requires some brainpower and creativity. But you can actually make some fun shirts there, which will definitely get some attention in your circle of friends. Again, hope you are inspired!