According to my son tape fixes everything. I don’t care what he’s working on he must have a roll of tape nearby. I’m that way when it comes to creating new and unique looks for shirts. If you love shirt painting, get your roll of masking tape, you’re gonna need it!
There are so many different techniques to creating cool looks for shirts, jackets, purses and other fabric accessories, but one of the easiest, is an assortment of designs you make from tape. Whether you want to add stripes to a shirt, or prevent paint from reaching certain areas of the shirt, all you need is your trusty tape.
Easily create a shirt with horizontal or vertical stripes by simply striping the shirt with tape before painting or dying it. Use a ruler to assure the stripes are evenly spaced and straight. Don’t forget the sleeves! It’s up to you if you carry the design on to the back of the shirt or not.
After the tape stripes are in place you can sritz on the dye, dab it on with a sponge, or even paint it with a paintbrush. Allow to dry very well before removing the tape pieces. Create checker board designs, diagonal stripes, and similar designs, using the same taping method. Make sure the tape is very secure down the sides so that the paint or dye doesn’t travel under the tape and create blurred edges.
Stripes aren’t the only design you can make using tape. Create the illusion of a pocket, flowers, lettering or wording, and just random designs. Stick tape onto a piece of plastic – like a section cut from a milk jug – and you’ll be able to use a razor knife to cut the tape into the shapes you want. Remove the tape from the plastic and place onto the shirt. Using this technique you can create pet shapes, tepees, symbols, numbers, and images galore.
It’s easiest to cut a long piece of tape, attach it to the plastic temporarily, and cut many designs from the one piece. Then you can attach the entire piece to the shirt, or tear off individual sections which can be transferred to various areas of the fabric or shirt.
Tape can be cut into very narrow strips, and used around collars, hems, and armholes, or can be cut into squat shapes used for creating a duplicate pattern all over the shirt. The designs you make can be simplistic or detailed depending upon how much time you want to invest.
One design that seems complicated, but really isn’t, is created to look like a window or picture frame. Cut a square from the tape then cut a smaller square from inside that square. Place the picture frame-type design onto the shirt, and paint or dye the shirt. Remove the tape and you have a square inside a square, making it easy to stamp or paint other images inside the window. The look works as one large frame, to go across the chest area of the shirt, or to create many small frames or windows that can outline the hem area of a skirt. Keep in mind that the background inside the picture frame will be the original color of the shirt.
Create something similar, yet with a different color of background, by simply cutting a square from the tape. Place the square on the clothing then paint or dye the shirt. Remove the tape and use fabric paints – dispensed from small squirt bottles – to frame around the area. You can then stamp or paint an image inside the opening.
It’s easy to create all sorts of different patterns and styles by simply using tape. Keep in mind that these designs are done with paints that are put onto the shirt, but not for paints or dyes that require immersion in water. Doing so will cause the tape to loosen or fall completely off of the shirt. Go! Find your roll of tape! You’ll have a new wardrobe in no time!