Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tutorial: Hunger Games tee!

 This tutorial uses a method called freezer paper stenciling. If you've never heard of it, please check out my other freezer paper post. If you are unsure about this complicating mocking jay pin design, you can attempt a simpler logo first or try it out on a cheap canvas bag.

  • Freezer paper- available @ grocery stores
  • Mocking Jay image (enlarged & printed to your desired size.)
  • X-acto knife/blade & cutting board
  • Metallic gold acrylic or fabric paint, if using acrylic paint, stir in a fabric painting medium
  • iron & ironing board
  • card board or plastic object to stick in between layers of t-shirt or bag to prevent sticking and or bleeding
  • T-shirt, canvas or cloth bag, apron or hat
  • foam paint brushes

First, print out your image. Mocking Jay found here. 
Cut out a piece of freezer paper big enough for your printed image and tape/clip it on top of the printed image  plastic side down, paper side up. Note: your image won't need to be reversed for this method. Trace every single line in the image on to the paper side of the freezer paper.

Now for the hard part: you have to cut out each piece of the image very carefully on your cutting mat. This is why I suggest  practicing with  a simpler image first to get the hang of it. Place all the pieces on your shirt exactly where you want them to be. Iron them on carefully on medium-high heat for a minute and be sure to line everything up.

Now, this is also tough, but if you cut out the image right, you will be able to peel the inner bird off the shirt. Make sure the outline stays in tact. Yep, you just created a stencil. (Use once for maximum results.)

With the outline still ironed on, mix your paints to desired color and use a foam paint brush to generously apply paint inside stencil. Let dry for 2 hours and blow dry to seal paint. (The heat does it.) If you made it the morning of the day you saw the movie like me, keep blow drying! P.S. you'll smell like paint until you wash it!

    It came out sooo amazing the pic doesn't do it justice! I wore it to school and got 11 compliments! (pfft! I wasn't counting.) :D
Would love to see a pic of your DIY Hunger Games attire!!! Be sure to check out THG shirt tutorial on Sweet Verbena!
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