Wednesday, March 21, 2012

May the odds be forever in your favor!

I have a remarkable talent for finding distractions, no matter what I'm supposed to be doing.  Everything got wiped off the to-do list today when I got the urge to paint myself a shirt to wear to The Hunger Games movie.

The kiddo started reading The Hunger Games trilogy and she was enjoying it so much, I thought I might read it, too.  I seldom read books anymore because once I start one, I have to finish it.  Right now.  Instead of doing anything else.  Cover to cover without setting it down, if possible.  It's not really conducive to the mom/wife lifestyle.  The folks around here expect to be fed.  They expect me to be attentive, and yes, showered.

I truly enjoyed the story!  Three books in four days was hard on the family, but they lived, so all is good.  We, of course, have tickets to Friday's show.  The darling daughter has a super cute HG t-shirt that we picked up at the mall when we were trying to find skate wear, but the mama was without - and that just wouldn't do!

Here's how I did it:

DESIGN:  I used PhotoShop to come up with a design using a quote from the book, printed it out, and taped it to a piece of freezer paper (plastic side down).

CUT-OUT:  Using a sharp X-acto knife, I cut out each of the letters - just cut through both layers of paper.  It's hard to see in this pic, but I used stencil style bridges to hold the centers of the letters in place. (For instance, the "O" has two bridges to keep the center from falling away.)

IRON:  I missed a photo opportunity for the next step, but once you're done cutting it all out, carefully pull off the printed sheet and then iron the freezer paper stencil onto your shirt.  Don't worry, the freezer paper adheres to fabric beautifully and peels away cleanly when you're ready.  It doesn't even leave a residue.  I didn't want it to have the stenciled look, so I ironed along the bottom of the freezer paper to stick it into place.  Then I worked in small sections to iron a couple of letters at a time, cutting away the bridges and placing the centers.  It's a little tedious - which is probably why I missed the photo opp - but it was necessary for the look I wanted.

PAINT WHITE:  Once it's all ironed down well, it's time for the fun part!  I used white, "soft" fabric paint.  I've found that even the "soft" stuff has a plastic feel when it's painted on solidly.  To counteract this, I used a make up sponge and dabbed it on.  Two layers of white worked for me.

PAINT BLUE:  Same technique, same type of fabric paint for the next step.  I just dabbed on the blue right on top of the dried white layers.

ADD GLITTER:  Just for fun, I added glitter to the arrowhead and "feathers".  You can't really see it in the finished shirt picture, but in real life, it's spectacular!  For this, I used Tulip's Fashion Glitter Bond glue and Fashion Glitter.  It's supposed to hold up through the wash...?  We'll see.  Either way, it'll make it through movie night.  After that, who knows?

I already have an order for another shirt that says, "Team Peeta".  Hmmm.  Maybe tomorrow...when I should be doing other stuff.  Sounds like a great way to ignore chores!

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