Before 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. When 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. I 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. Since 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! With 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.