This easy peasy galaxy Wall-E t-shirt can be made in under half an hour, and older kids can make it with some supervision.
Lately, my son, who before would only either want to watch Cars or Cars 2, has been cheating on his favorite movies. He has a few new Disney favorites: Wall-E, Up, and Bolt. His new favorite, though, seems to be Wall-E.
Unfortunately, it isn’t quite so easy to find Wall-E merchandise as it was for me to find him everything Cars. Luckily, I don’t let that stop me ever.
I ended up whipping up a few freezer paper stencils of Wall-E to make him some cute t-shirts. My first two t-shirts, though, ended up being very complex. I don’t know if I’m masochist or if I just love a challenge sometimes, but they ended up being much more difficult than I had planned them to be.
When watching the movie, though, I came up with an idea. I loved the scene of Wall-E reaching into the stars, and thought there must be a way to make a stars shirt with a silhouette of Wall-E.
I wanted to make a Galaxy Wall-E t-shirt!
I didn’t expect that I was the first person to want to do this; make a galaxy t-shirt I mean. It’s very probable that I’m the first person to want to make a galaxy wall-E t-shirt. 🙂
So, I ended up googling “make a galaxy t-shirt,” looking through the images, and ending up at this tutorial which showed how to make one using a bleach t-shirt technique.
I wanted to take it one step further, though, and mask out an area with freezer paper. I had been meaning to try out the whole bleach t-shirt idea for quite some time now anyway. So, I immediately went to it.
I looked for an image online with a silhouette of Wall-E that I liked, and made it into a silhouette cameo stencil (feel free to download it to use if you like!). I cut it out of freezer paper. I then ironed the silhouette half onto the bottom of a dark, navy blue t-shirt.
I got my spray bottle ready with some bleach, but first practiced using it with only water on my counter so that I could better control the spray pattern. I then sprayed the bleach over the t-shirt, concentrating on the areas near the stencil so that my silhouette would be better highlighted.
A few minutes later you can see that the bleach is already starting to do its thing. You can also see that I already started to splatter white paint at my shirt, and ended up with a big white blob on it!!
I used a sponge to blend the white into the shirt. I was going to be doing that anyway with white and with some other colors!
I used pink, light blue, yellow and silver, blending them together in random clouds. Looking back, I wish I would have used a bit more silver around Wall-E for a shinier look. Overall, though, I was pretty happy with it. Before taking the stencil off, I splattered on another layer of white stars.
Once I took my stencil off, though, I noticed that a few areas of bleach had bled through! Maybe I shouldn’t have concentrated so much on that area of the shirt with so much bleach!! I also realized that I should have done what I always usually do when airbrushing stenciled t-shirts, putting a board between the front and back of the shirt so that it doesn’t leak through!!!
I was actually lucky, though, and didn’t have that problem, but I did want to fix the areas of bleach leaking through. How better to do so than by covering them in a way that looks like you wanted to paint that in the first place! So, I used the other half of my stencil, and ironed it onto the now painted and bleached part of the t-shirt, and painted the area with black, concentrating on the areas that were bleached.
I didn’t particularly like the spots of bleach on the ground, either, so I covered them up with black paint “mountains and craters,” the pattern of paint that I used so as not to have to paint the entire dark area! Once finished, I set the paint with a hot iron, and immediately washed the t-shirt to stop the bleach action from continuing. Eric loved the shirt, and immediately wanted to wear it!!
One would never know about all of the mistakes that were made along the way. Nor would anybody guess how quickly and easily this shirt can be made!!
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