Last Christmas, we were pretty broke. Well, I was broke. As a couple we were pretty solid, but since I was only working part time, the money was pretty much just “his.” For his present, then, I decided to make something. So I made him t-shirts! The one I was most excited about that he also liked the most was this super awesome Mega Man shirt.
He wore it his first day back at work for the new year.
Then I washed it, and I found out that the dark dye I used did not heat set properly. Mega Man was gone, washed down the drain.
I tried redying a few times. Yeah…no. So it’s been sitting in my craft chest until I could figure it out. Then, with some time to spare one afternoon, I decided it was time to tear through my backlog.
1. I had to figure out what to do. As you can maybe see in the picture above, the dying, washing, and redying had caused a lot of the die to travel to different parts of the shirt. It wasn’t as vibrant a blue as the original shirt. Everything was pretty muddled. So Mega Man needed to be sharp. That’s why, in the end, I decided to just fabric paint him back in.
2. I had to dig the stencil out of my hard drive, and I reprinted it on freezer paper. It is an altered version of a stencil created by deviant artist alerijillo. I just painted in a hand canon over the right hand. After about three David Bowie songs, I had it cut out with my X-Acto knife.
3. When I ironed it on, I decided I wanted to keep the offset look. Really, it’s just because when I originally bleached the shirt, it got so blobby that nothing really matches up properly. When in doubt, “it was a stylistic choice.”
4. As a master of getting by with as little materials as possible, I’m pretty good at mixing my own paints from primary colors. It’s hard to tell here, but a couple dots of metallic give it a sort of sparkly sheen.
5. I initially, tried rolling it on, but my roller was too big, so I switched to a sponge brush. A thin layer blotted on really lightly makes it look like it was screen printed. It just takes practice (which I still need a lot of).
6. Tear the stencil away and voila!
A project that failed is now awesome again!