After washing it, I started with the usual Elmer's Gel Glue as a relief and followed some flowers I printed off google. I wrote a blog post explaining this in detail - Rit Dyed T-shirt with Resist.
I more or less ignored the shaded areas. But once I got to the flowers on the end I decided to color the entire flower in thinking I could make different color flowers. I also rubber banded a section at the bottom for a burst effect. Once the glue dried I dyed the shirt in fuchsia for about an hour. Rinsed the entire shirt to get the glue and dye out and let dry.
Well that wasn't exactly what I was going for. You really couldn't see the outline of any of the flowers. But I kept plugging along. I wet the t-shirt and "sponged" sunshine orange dye shirt with an old rag.
I let that sit for about a day or so. Actually I got busy and forgot about the project. Rinsed again and let dry.
Now to try to come up with a plan...I know fabric markers. I grabbed a black fabric marker and put the flower page back under the t-shirt and wet the t-shirt so I could see the flowers underneath and traced them. Of course I did not read the directions on the side of the marker. As I traced the marker started to run. Oh well I figured I'm just going to dye it again.
At some point I did read the directions for the marker and once the shirt was dry I retraced the flowers based on what did survive the first time. I let the marker dry for 24 hours before I did any more dying.
The marker isn't as pale as it looks in this picture.
The burst at the bottom of the shirt came out so well. I'm really happy about it.
I had no plans for the back of the shirt. All that cool marbling just kind of appeared. I love when that happens.
Overall I am very happy with the shirt. I can't wait to wear it and show it off. I will post an update on here if I win. Wish me luck.
UPDATE - I am a winner! I won the Most Fashionable Category. Yea Me!
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