Sunday, 12 April 2015

Paint Your Own Tank Top With Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Paint

Here's what you will need to paint this Tank Top:
  • Black Tank Top (or T Shirt if your prefer). Mine is 95% cotton, 5% elastane. Look for a smooth rather than a ribbed fabric.
  • Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paint in "Shimmer Silver"
  • Pebeo Setacolor Thickener
  • Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paint in "Cornflower"
  • Pebeo SetaSkrib Markers in Blue and Black
  • Paint brushes, one flat, one small round, I used Princeton brushes.
  • Heavy paper to place inside your Tank Top so paint doesn't run through to back
  • Removable tape to secure your masks to your Tank Top
  • Lint Roller (or other tool to remove lint)
To make a moon stencil:
  • A4 size craft foam sheet (Or even heavy cardboard would be ok)
  • Plate or circle template
  • Craft knife and mat
To make Moon Gazer mask:
  • Print up template provided (computer and printer required)
  • Piece of heavy paper (185 - 300 gsm would be OK)
  • Heavy Gloss Gel
  • Old paint brush for Gel
  • Scissors
Here's what to do:
  • Firstly wash your top in a detergent that does not contain fabric softeners.

Make a circle stencil for your moon.
  • To make your moon stencil, you need to cut out a circle shape. I used a thin piece of craft foam, and a bread n butter plate. Place on a cutting mat, and cut around the plate with your craft knife. Keep both the stencil and the mask (the solid circle shape) as it might come in handy for another project
  • To make the Moon Gazer Mask, print up the template below.

  • Cut around the template and then draw around the edge of the template onto a piece of heavy paper. Cut the shape out and coat front and back with a couple of coats of heavy gloss gel (allowing to dry in-between coats and before turning over). This will make your mask strong and durable and resistant to damage from paint and other liquids. I've used my mask in many projects like the paintings below,  and its still standing up well.

  • Next take some heavy paper (I used old card stock) and insert inside your top between the front and the back, you don't want any paint to seep through onto the back of your top.
  • Use your Lint Roller to remove any lint/fluff from your top
  • Then place your moon gazer mask and your circle stencil on your top as shown, securing in place with some removable tape.

    • Prepare your paint by mixing about 3 parts Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Silver Shimmer, with 1 part Pebeo Setacolor Thickener. I did this to make the paint thick to lesson the chance of the paint seeping under my mask/stencil

    • Carefully paint inside you moon stencil. Paint in the direction starting outside the stencil moving inwards.
    Add your blue paint
    • Begin to randomly mix in Pebeo Setacolor in Cornflower. You can also leave a little black showing for extra colour variation.

    • Use a thin Princeton brush to add curved silver lines to help give the impression of a sphere and also add texture.

    • Remove moon stencil carefully, and trace around the edge of the moon gazer mask using a fine brush

    • Touch up any edges with a fine brush

    • I used a wider brush to paint in the hair, adding some silver and some blue paint.

    Add blue to the hair

    add the stars (optional)

    Here I am using the SetaSkrib marker in Black to go over where my silver paint when wonky and neaten up my lines.

    She's done. Don't forget to iron your top for 5 minutes as per instructions on the bottle to set the paint.


    1. A stunning piece of wearable art Dee and you gave such clear details on how to create one of our own. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this project.

    2. This is stunning Dee. I can also see this as a wall hanging.....just dreamy!

    3. Looks fantastic Dee! I have been wanting to create on fabric but wasn't sure what to use...thanks for the inspiration! :) x