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Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by Truestory242, Mar 19, 2017.


  1. Truestory242

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    After weeks of procrastinating, I finally took the time to paint my first shirt. I figured this was a pretty easy one to start with since you can't really mess up messy script, ;).

    I used Createx Wicked paints with my Badger Renegade Velocity.

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    Nice work

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    Glade to see more people doing shirts. In fact I watched Kent Lind doing a live feed two weeks ago and he showed how he did this style of lettering. Turns out I have been doing it wrong for 34 years Lol. He did the main body of the letter almost like a block letter and the threw in the scratch hash strokes. It surprised me because I always tried just making a bunch of thin strokes.

    On thing you can do to make this pop more is to do the letters in white first and then mist with your color. Then spruce it up a bit with some white highlights.

    Great start! Keep it up.


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    Ah, great advice, Airbrush Dreams! I'd love to do more of these in the future. I'm also practicing my script lettering. It's like learning to write all over again.
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    Cool! A nice one to start off with. You are one step further than me when it comes to lettering!
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    Here is take #2. For this one, I painted all the letters white and went over them again with red. For some reason the shirt pilled when I tried transparent red so I finished it with opaque and didn't have that issue. I might put down a layer of transparent base beforehand next time. I still have work to do, but the color definitely pops more than the first. I'll probably keep practicing on this one and paint the back next.

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    Yes do put a transparent base and heat set before painting. Just don't saturate the shirt. Then do your art work. If you over saturate the shirt to fast it will pile up. Rathe when you paint over the white do several light layers and dry with a hair dryer in between or do the opaque. The next thing to do with lettering is to create highlights with the direction of the lighting kept in mind. This will give a three dimensional effect. Looks much better!


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    Are you referring to a drop shadow or a lighter color on the letters? Do you have an example of this?
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    [​IMG]on this piece I chose a light source coming from the top left so I made the main highlights on the top left corner and the a second lesser light coming from below. You can do whatever you chose. And if a light is coming from top left then you could add drop shadows on the bottom right. However on black you would not see the drop shadow so you could shadow the bottom right of the letter itself. [​IMG][​IMG]



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    Awesome! Thanks so much!
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    I'm practicing script too, it's been a great way to get comfortable with the gun. Nice shirt:thumbsup:
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    I suck at script. I either over fatten the downward stroke too much or I do terrible curves and loops. I try to stay away from script.


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    Cool shirt! Just remember to heat press it
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    I'm having a bit of time with it too, everything looks like my handwriting which I never liked. Thanks for the tip on spraying on black.
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    I actually went out and purchased an iron specifically for that. I'll run it through the wash a few times to make sure the paint has set.
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    No no don't do that! Heat set it with a piece of parchment paper over the design or turned inside out. Then don't wash for a good week. Wash on cold on delicate cycle inside out and hang dry. It will stay a lot longer. You also do not need to pre wash before painting. Shirts are not made with anti seizing chemical anymore.


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    Ya ya...what Fred just said!! Dont wash first...IRON first :)
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    Oh, I'm ironing with parchment paper after I paint and I haven't washed either shirt yet. Why do I need to wait a week? Does it need that long to cure?
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    Yup heat set and definitely let the paint cure before you wash it. Its even better if you hand wash it too, but not totally necessary. It will last much longer in my opinion.
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    It allows the paint to fully cure into the fabric. When Ironing it actually softens the paint so the fabric holds it better so even if the surface feels dry it has not fully cured on the cotton. A week allows it to fully cure and finish bonding. I used to wear mine the next day and the was it and could never understand why it still faded. I also pumped up the air pressure from my normal 45 psi up to 65 to 80 psi. This helped push the paint deeper into the fabric. You just need to be real delicate with the trigger when going for fine detail. Hope this helps. I am also talking about using an HP-BCS for this kind of pressure. With the CS I drop the from 55 to 60 psi.


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