Friday, January 31, 2014

Time For a New Shirt

Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.

"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation."
 Lois Wyse
I've been thinking about tangling a t-shirt for a long time, but just kept putting it off. Finally I picked up a shirt when I was at a store recently, and one for my grandson also. I figured if I did his shirt first it would not take as long (he's not quite 2 years old, so his shirt is much smaller than mine) and would be a good way to test out the process and decide if I want to do more. My first thought was to do a cute picture of something, but since I can't draw and I don't have any appropriate stencils, I settled on just drawing some squares (which I do have a stencil for). Here's how the shirt started out.

Using a Pentel gel roller for fabric, I tangled the squares. The pen is wonderful! It makes a nice dark line without much effort. The only problem is that I think it will run out of ink fairly quickly, which is why I bought several of them before I even began. It's no fun when you run out of supplies in the middle of a project. I used a Fabrico gray marker to do a little shading. 

Here's a closeup picture so that you can see the tangles a little better. 

Now the best picture of all. My grandson, Hudson, modeling the shirt. My totally unbiased opinion is that he looks adorable in his new shirt! And when he returns home to Mississippi after the weekend (if I don't kidnap him first), he will undoubtedly be the envy of all his day care buddies. 


  1. Your grandson is adorable! And the shirt is pretty nifty too! I agree about the Pentel gel rollers! They give a beautiful line but run out quickly if it's a big project. (I use the 40% off coupons when I buy them at Hobby Lobby)

    1. Thanks Sue. I bought a full box of the gel rollers, I think from Jerry's Artarama, but I'm not sure. I plan to do a class with them soon.

  2. Oh, what a cutie!! (And love the shirt too!)
    I'll have to try the Pentel ones. Any idea on how they stand up in the wash?

    1. Thanks Kelley. I did not wash the shirt after making it so I can't say how they will hold up, but I think I remember hearing that they hold up pretty well.

  3. It's beautiful! And he's adorable. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful model for your art.