Turned the Pinterest fail into a win… and into a fail again

I tried to paint over a logo on a T shirt last week and labelled it as a Pinterest fail, which isn’t quite fair because it was a trial run of my acrylic textile medium. (I’m not sponsored by that shop).

The medium works, but isn’t opaque enough to hide a bulky printed logo. It did however provide a nice surface to apply more paint to and reduced the contrast between the white print and black T shirt.

I disguised the logo by incorporating it into a design, a bit like a cover up tattoo.

If you want to paint on a T-shirt with acrylic paint and textile medium, definitely put cardboard inside the shirt, because paint soaks through and can stick the front and back of your shirt together. Yes, I used cardboard 😛

Before:

After:

I’ll have to see how well it survives the laundry to decide whether it’s a big win, or just a fun experiment 🙂

3rd September 2019 update: after 2 washes it’s looking really bad. There isn’t an obvious reason why some bits have peeled and others haven’t. Some pure textile medium bits are fine, others are really bad. It’s the same story with the bits painted over the logo, so I don’t think the medium or original print are the problem. Next time I’ll either accept an unwanted logo, or use appliqué.

Pottery painting with Van Gogh

My family goes to a local pottery painting place every year, but I rarely know what I want to paint until I get there. This time I thought I’d try something in Van Gogh’s style, because although they tell you to paint 3 layers to get an even colour, I know from experience that it looks patchy when I try to do blocks of colour. I find it easier to go for pointillism or impasto.

I started off with Van Gogh’s brush strokes, but changed to pointillism halfway through when I realised I was going to run out of time. I was also working from an image as it appeared on an iPhone that kept timing out! Here’s the picture I was working from:

And here’s my pottery version:

I think the white speckles came from someone else’s palette, when I was running low on a colour and didn’t realise they’d got the speckled version.

I’m not sure I’ll try this technique again, but everything’s a learning experience.