DIY tribal print tee

I just did the coolest project, you guys.


You all know tribal prints, right? Totally in. Very cool in black/white or black/ivory. They work for any season, in the right medium... can be dressed up or down, can be bohemian or girly...

(Few of my recent pins celebrating tribal prints...)

So, I loved the idea of trying my own. My chance came when my blogger friend/friend in real life, Carly, showed up to coffee one morning this summer in this tribal print top she made--using stamps she also made!

I'm so happy that Carly lent me her stamps and I got to try it out for myself!

I used the stamps (I bet you could use a rubber stamp from the store, too), a foam brush, craft paint, and fabric medium.

Here's how I did it!

I made a shirt board out of a couple of paper grocery bags taped together and cut into the shape of the shirt. I think stamping worked particularly well on this dolman sleeve tee rather than a regular tee with a sleeve seam! A tank would also work great.


(Actually was so low on the fabric medium that I just squirted the white paint into the bottle and shook it up. Then I put it directly onto the foam stippler tool, blotted on some extra paper, and then covered the stamp.)

This is the first stamp impression. I couldn't believe how perfect it was!! Carly's stamp was amazing!

Then I added the little arrow stamps going the other direction, all in an approximate pattern. I wasn't too worried about working in perfectly straight lines.

The paint dried so fast, I didn't need to wait long before flipping the tee over and doing the other side.

Ta-da!! Seriously soooooo easy and fun!



I did the same pattern on the back and front.

Try it at home!!

8 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, how cute! I'd never think to stamp a shirt...but now I want to!

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  2. tribal print everything makes me happy!

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  3. What a great idea! Love the thought of making my own fabric with my own stamps.. Now I guess it is off to the craft store to gather supplies! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Too cool do u think it will fade in the washer? Let us know.

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  5. How cool! I definitely want to try this!

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  6. It's paint, not dye or anything, so once it's dry it's stuck on there for good!

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  7. Super cool! I really need to try stamping - everything I've seen made with it has been so awesome, and this is no exception :)

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  8. Oh, wow! I love the white stamp on the black tee - so glad this turned out so well for you! (I was having problems with just using too much paint when I was doing it, hence all the leakage around my stamps...*sigh*...I shall have to try again with a lighter paint!) Your T-shirt looks so awesome!
    xo
    Carly

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