Ed Roth Stencil T-Shirts

011Before I ever even knew it was a Waldorf thing, I kind of always despised kids’ clothes that were branded with crazy cartoon characters, super heroes or words like, “I’m the Boss”.  I don’t know…they just didn’t seem to fit with Levi’s personality or his expressive nature.  He loves to decorate his own clothes with fabric markers.  His clothes get pretty dirty and beat up anyways, so I figure why not let him make his mark (haha) on his own wardrobe?  Plus, it’s something that we like doing together and that makes it much more fun and enjoyable for us both. 012 017When I buy a plain white (or colored) t-shirt, I see endless possibilities.  There are so many different ways to embelish kids’ clothes to make them look unique.  I just received two bags of hand-me-downs and in them I discovered a couple of plain t-shirts that had a few minor stains on them, so they were perfect candidates for a little bit of fabric paint love. 013 026I recently pick up the book, “Stencil 101: Make Your Mark” by Ed Roth, which was on clearance at our local bookstore. I like many of his designs.  They are simple, contemporary graphics and while not all of them are suitable for children, I managed to find enough in the book to work with.  Levi chose the stencils for his own shirts.  He said, “When I’m listening to music, I will wear my shirt with the headphones.  When I’m painting, I will wear my shirt with the spray paint can and when I’m helping Daddy fix the car, I will wear my shirt with the ‘old fashion’ car on it.”  He had it all figured out before I even had the paint on the t-shirts. 014 030 032Since Calvin was sleeping while we were doing this project, Levi also chose the designs for his brother’s shirts: a hummingbird, a star and the ‘old-fashion’ car.  We needed a little bit of help with the color choice for the hummingbird, so we consulted one of our bird books.  Calvin was happiest with that shirt out of all of them! 028 037 038With the headphones stencil, I ran into a bit of bleeding from the black paint and I smudged part of the orange with the black paint on my fingers.  Once it was dry, I went over the orange with a black fabric marker and added some extra detail to try to cover up the smudges.  It sort of worked.  In case you are wondering, I use Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints and Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers.  I purchased both sets at our local art store, but of course they are available through Amazon.  I didn’t get many pics of the boys with their new shirts on today, but they will reappear in future posts, I am certain.

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  One thought on “Ed Roth Stencil T-Shirts

  1. April 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I am with you on the t-shirts for kids…the branding is something I really dislike. Funny how not many people get it.

    Your t-shirts look great. I think my little man would love to do this, thanks for sharing.

    • daraweyna
      April 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Kim, you could always do a freezer paper stencil as well and make up your own design. They’re really easy. If you haven’t done it yet, look up a tutorial (there’s many) and give it a try. They are so fun.

  2. Heidi Voskuil
    April 5, 2013 at 4:10 am


  3. April 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love this! I’ve been thinking of letting my son paint one of his tees. He’s only 2 so it’ll be a mess, but I still think it’ll look cool! ugh…my Mum loves those ‘slogan’ kids clothes. She’s bought a few for Roman and I hardly ever use them…they’re so obnoxious!

  4. April 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love the spray paint can stencil and the headphones. I also agree – I never liked those cartoon characters on kids clothing. I think I want to make the headphone shirt for myself… These came out so nice.

  5. April 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    These are beautiful, makes me want to find all my fabric paints x

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