Printed T-Shirts and Sarongs with Sea Stars and Sea Horses
Use this technique on pillowcases, shirts, and sarongs. Print with rubber forms or beach finds (such as shells). Mix paints to find a shade that suits the fabric.
1. Cover your work surface with a few layers of old towels (for shells and sea stars) or with paper (for forms).
2. Brush fabric paint onto part or all of 1 object using a sponge brush.
3. Print shells and sea stars: Lay fabric flat; press object as if it were a rubber stamp. (Towels allow for some give, yielding a detailed impression.)
Print forms: Lay fabric on form; press with fingers. Remove fabric.
Let set according to paint manufacturers instructions.
Tips: Test on scrap fabric. For a sarong, cut fabric to size (ours was 44 by 66 inches). Finish with a rolled hem: Turn edge over, and secure with tiny stitches. Wash objects with warm water and dishwashing liquid after printing.