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24Mar/101

Devourer of Paints

Suburban L.A. was not the most exciting of places to live without a job or a car. One spring day, I decided to develop a hobby. Down I went, hoofing it through three parking lots, to the local Wal-Mart. I picked up some undershirts, fabric paint and printing paper which had glue on the back, like a post-it note. Utilizing my awesome Photoshop skills and my girlfriend's pen-knife, I made some t-shirts. As far as original designs go, this was my crowning achievement. I did not use a pre-made stencil, although I'll admit that Jack Kirby's art takes to stenciling better than most:

Unfortunately, I only later realized that undershirts show off pit stains like they're proud of it. Gross. I still have the stencil, however and here's the PSD in case anyone wants to make a Galactus shirt of their own. There's two layers, each to be printed on a separate sheet to form the head. The text was just a standard stencil font.

Okay, now here is how you make it. It requires:

  • Sticker paper
  • A small paint roller
  • Fabric paint
  • A pen knife
  • A t-shirt
  • A smooth, thick surface that can be slipped inside the t-shirt - I've found that hardcover textbooks are perfect for this.
  1. Print each layer of the PSD on a separate page of sticker paper.
  2. Make the stencil by cutting the dark sections out of the sticker paper with the pen knife.
  3. Slip a surface inside the shirt so that it splays out. (I've found hardcover textbooks are perfect for this.)
  4. Align and apply the two halves of the stencil to the shirt.
  5. Paint over the stencil with the roller until you can no longer see the color of the t-shirt beneath the paint.
  6. Carefully peel off the stencil.
  7. Let dry overnight. Do not remove surface inside t-shirt until dry.
   

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