I am so excited to be doing my third craft post for Minerva Crafts this month.  I have wanted to experiment with Fabric Paint for a while and I love the trend for negative space craft which are all over Pinterest at the moment.

Equipment:

Various colours of 3D Fabric Paint.

A pencil with a rubber on the end.

Hot-Fix Diamante Gems

Freezer Paper.

A plain white t-shirt.

Cut out a heart shape in the freezer paper and lay shiny side down on to the t-shirt.  Run a warm iron over the paper until it sticks to the fabric.

Place a piece of card between the front and back of the t-shirt to protect the rest of the t-shirt.

Dip the rubber end of the pencil in the fabric paint and start to build up the dots around the heart.

You can use the freezer paper template to test the paint on first to get the hang of how much you need on the pencil before you begin.  You will need to wipe the rubber occasionally so that the paint doesn't clump.  You need to ensure that the spots around the edge of the freezer paper overlap with the paper and there are no gaps.  This will give the negative space silhouette. Spread out the spots ensuring they are further away from each other the further from the heart they are.

Once you are happy with the number of Fabric Paint spots, you will need to leave the T-shirt to dry.  It will take about 2 hours. When the Fabric Paint is completely dry, peel off the freezer paper.   Place a clean cloth over the areas which you have painted on and run a warm iron over it.  This will fix the Fabric Paint to the fabric.

I love a sparkle, so I added Minty's initial in hot fix diamante gems inside the heart.  These little diamantes are tiny and one of the easiest ways to pick them up and place them accurately is to use a skewer with a little bit of melted wax on the end.

Carefully place a clean cloth over the diamantes, being careful not to dislodge any and place a hot iron on the top.  This will melt the glue on the gems and will fix them to the fabric.

It looks so effective for such a simple project.  It is simple enough for a child to have ago at designing their own t-shirt.

Minty loves her new t-shirt and couldn't wait to try it on!