I started with this tiny T-shirt... funny detail - my husband's name is Jens. I've had this in my stash for quite a while now, and I decided now was the time to alter it.. for our grandson.
I wanted the text to be covered, and added some fabric to the front. As you can see I planned to use a black background with some lace as a starting point for the background.
I soaked the T-shirt in decoupage glue and let it dry...
I made sure to add some detail... one of the sleeves a little up in a corner etc.
Add a layer of gel medium. The fabric was still plyable, so I added creases to the fabric and let it dry.
Paint the whole wiyh some watered down gesso... messy.. don't try and give it an even coverage. Leave to dry.
Paint the shirt in an uneven layer with watered-down Honolulu Sorbert. Leave to dry. Stamp the hand and name of the baby with Brick Stone Effect onto tissue wrap.
Glue these to the shirt with decoupage glue.
As you might notice, you can still see the edge of the paper you've just added. By applying a tiny bit of the blue watered down paint with a tiny brush will make it disappear.
Plan B.. as I did not like the black background I had created for it... a frame of twigs. Four to start with.
Next step was to decide what the base would be.. I decided to use a sturdy white cotton. ...
... which I glued to cardboard and left it to dry. I planned to make a clothesline..
I added texture paste as shown through 3 stencils as shown and left it to dry. I painted over it with watered-down Brick Stone Effect Dimensional Paint from Art Anthology and left it to dry.
When dry, I took away color from the colored areas with a baby wipe, especially the raised areas of the stenciled structure paste.
I added some white accents to the stamped hand and name with a white acrylic marker..
To highlight the stencilled structure paste even more, I added white accents with a white acrylic marker. LOVE it!
I changed my mind, again... I added a second twig to each side. I created the clothesline by coloring the pegs and thread with the Brick Stone Effects paint. I also wrote details onto two tags.
A close up of the white accents I added to the shirt with a white acrylic marker (torn edge of fabric) and the blue I added to the stencilled blocks.
LOVE it now!
The whole project!
.. also of the left hand side..
The project hanging on the wall..
... getting more depth with some light from the left hand side..
You see the two Roman numbers? They're for the day (7) and number of month (4) the baby was born.
LOVE the details...