Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spray Paint Fiasco

I saw this super cute idea on a link party for spray painting a t-shirt and just knew I could do it! To find out how Sarah did it and was successful go check out The Winthrop Chronicles. So I just grabbed one of the plain white v-necks I have and decided to give it a shot. Its worth a try right? Let me start off by saying I decided to do this project last night at 9 and it was windy as all get out outside. So by the end of it I was covered in spray paint and spent more time cleaning it off myself then I did actually doing this.

So this is what I started out with: two t-shirts, a newspaper, painters tape, and a cardboard box. I decided to only do one shirt last night in case things didn't turn out well. Then I could try again today and fix whatever I did wrong.

Sorry the picture is so blurry, I didn't realize it was until today. This is my shirt all taped up and with the cardboard inside it. I put my lines 1 1/4 inches apart. I just guessed for the most part on the lines and eye balled it. The main thing I tried to do when taping the lines was not let the shirt fold over any and have creases under the tape. I didn't go all the way to the top of the shirt so I used the newspaper to cover up what I didn't want spray painted.

This is what it looks like last night before I pulled the tape off. Let me just say that first I ran out of the black spray paint I was using and I had only done half of the shirt. This was not okay so as I rummaged through my paint supply I found a can of black spray paint that had primer with it, I'm not sure if that matters or not but I used it anyway. I didn't want to just stop this project half way so I used it.

This is what it looked like when it was dry and I pulled the tape off. Its not that bad but its not that good either. I think it will work better with another color, black is just so harsh against white it shows every single imperfection. So I will try again this afternoon and hope that it turns out better. I think it would also work better if I spray painted it straight across the shirt from left to right and not up and down. Last night I just tried to get it covered so it was a mixture of both.

Here is a close up of the lines, some of them aren't to bad. I will defintely be trying something different with the next shirt and hopefully that one turns out much better. Now this one might be turned into a tank top or something, there will be more to come on this shirt.

Do you have any suggestions/tips for how to spray paint this?

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  1. Dont' you just love "learning opportunities" ;) I have quite a few of these, 'never doing this again' experiences! I found you on the GFC blog hop and glad I did! I'm now your 11th follower! I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Have a great day!


  2. You are so brave to post your DIY fail! I am always too embarrassed to show anyone else:) I saw this done before with acrylic paint. My suggestion as a painter in general would be to press your tape down really firmly and do really light coats of paint to prevent it from bleeding through. I'm interested to see how your second attempt will turn out :)

  3. I strongly dislike DIY fails! LOL Better luck with the next one! So awesome to meet fellow OKIE's...following you back! Can't wait to get to know you better. {HUGS} Three Mango Seeds

  4. Thanks so much for joining in the blog hop. I'm following back. It was Winthrop Chronicles that posted the spray painted t-shirt. She did it in yellow. I host a weekly link party that goes live tonight at 8 EST and I'd love for you to join in.

  5. I'm so glad you tried it out! I think what helped me in making sure the paint didn't bleed, was pressing down the tape really firm and then spraying from about 15-20 inches away. That made sure it was a really light coat, then I let it dry and did a few more really light coats. It dried thoroughly in between coats. Don't give up! :)