Oh no! A stain on your favorite tee shirt? Well, obviously you can’t wear it like that, but how can you bear to part with your favorite t? Don’t worry you won’t have to! Just create a new look for the shirt and no one will ever know about the stain. It’s easy to make the shirt look completely different yet still give you the comfort it’s always given you. Get out a roll of tape and it’ll be over in no time!
Ordinary masking tape can help you create any number of designs that will help you hide the stain. Use the tape to make letters, numbers, geometric designs and more. Easily make pin stripes, wide stripes, dots and images by applying the tape in various places on the shirt. Paint the exposed places, wait for it to dry, then remove the tape to see the finished design.
Some of the tape techniques are so easy a child can do them. Lay the shirt out flat on a table. Randomly place pieces of tape, from the top of the shirt to the bottom, to create stripes that are all different widths. Or, precisely measure where you want the stripes, tape off the rest of the shirt, then paint. Whichever method you choose do the sleeves separately. The sleeve will have to be turned several times to complete the design.
There are things you can use to assist you with the new design of the shirt. Cut numbers or letters from magazines, place them on the shirt, then surround the area with tape. Remove the paper letters then paint. The tape will cover the areas where you don’t want any paint. Create a completely different look by doing just the opposite. Use double-sided tape to hold the pattern in place then paint around the area.
Use tape to mask off an area of the front of the shirt. For large areas you can lay newspaper down and tape around it rather than use extreme amounts of tape. Mask off a section that will become like a billboard on the shirt. Spray the rectangle, square or other shape and allow to dry completely. Now use stencils to create the picture or words on the shirt billboard. Use paint markers to write letters, numbers or words. Use ordinary stencils to create images of flowers, pets or other designs.
You don’t have to create a perfect square or rectangle by measuring and masking. Use a paper or cardboard picture fame mat, taped to the shirt, to make the outline. Or, use the front of a product box which has a see-thru acetate window. Tape the window part to the shirt, paint and remove. Use the window again and again to make several different designs on this shirt or designs on other shirts.
You don’t necessarily have to paint the whole shirt with the above technique. Tape the pattern down, then create a perimeter with tape, to create a bubble, square, rectangle or circle around the pattern. Paint within the perimeter, then remove the tape and pattern, to make an area that’s colored different than the rest of the shirt, but displays the pattern in the shirt’s color.
If you want to change the look of the shirt, but you don’t want to bother with patterns, perimeters and measurements, simply start placing pieces of tape all over the shirt. Let the tape overlap in certain areas but leave random places showing on the shirt. The places can have distinct shapes, like triangles, or they can just be different shapes. First place the tape and paint the front of the shirt, then the back of the shirt, then each side. Allow paint to thoroughly dry before moving to the next side.
The amount of tape you’ll need to create each design will depend upon the type of paint you’re using. Paint markers will require little paint but it’s difficult to color an entire shirt with them. Spray paints cover larger areas quickly but will require much more tape. Other paint choices include brush-on paints or spritz-on types.
Kids will have an afternoon of fun and giggles when you let them stick tape all over one of their shirts. Allow them to brush or spray paints onto the shirts to create their own designs. It’s a fun way to change the look of a shirt – whether it’s stained or not – without having to measure and draw. The tape designs work great for other items, too, like purses, jeans and hats.