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A cheap way to be a superhero
Ever wanted a nerdy T-Shirt, but baulked at the high prices of purchasing and shipping one to your door? Never fear! I have a low-price alternative for you. This can also be used for cosplay, as I did for a Female version of Superman.

Note that this is best for light-coloured fabrics.

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  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by printing out your design in the size that you want. Place it on your cutting board and cut out all of the innermost pieces of the design.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place the design on your T-Shirt (try to be exact). Mark out the corners with your fabric marker. Then, stencil the design on to your T-Shirt with the fabric marker.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Repeat this process as many times as you need.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    You will end up with a design like this.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Get a piece of scrap paper and put it inside your T-Shirt, underneath the design. This will stop fabric paint from leaking through to the back. The amount of leakage is dependent on the type of fabric your shirt is made of.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Slowly and carefully, begin painting the design on your shirt. For straight edges I recommend using a flat brush. Take your time, and watch out for any stray bristles on your brush which could ruin your day.

    Patience and a steady hand is recommended.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. How To Customise A T Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Phew! Finally finished. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before wearing it (I wait 48). To get rid of the fabric marker, simply follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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