HKG helps you customize a t-shirt !
In our latest issue of Hiking on the Moon the magazine, you’ve met Caroline graphic designer who gives Quechua’s products their identity thanks to her designs. Follow us to find out how to customize your t-shirt easily !
To do this, you need to keep your eyes open when out hiking, and collect a range of natural objects that you can then use for your own design. The steps outlined in this “home-based workshop” offer endless possibilities for customisation, so you’re guaranteed a totally unique t-shirt!
A t-shirt (here, we’re using a Arpenaz 100 vest top – €5.95)
Special fabric paint
Sheets of paper
Forest items that inspire you (pine cones, branches, moss and leaves, etc.)
A tea towel
Time: approximately 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the pattern
Stage 1 :
Arrange your t-shirt on your work surface and use sheets of paper to protect the parts that you don’t want to paint.
Stage 2 :
Use the sheets of papers as markers to help you position the items that you want to reproduce on your T-shirt. For example, if you want to paint a line of motifs, get a ruler and make small pencil marks so that you get an identical gap between each of your motifs. When you’re making your calculations, remember to bear in mind the width of your T-shirt, to ensure your design is properly centred.
Stage 3 :
Now comes the painting stage. To reproduce the items that you’ve chosen, pour a little paint into a flat container and then cover your item. You’ll use this as a stamp.
Here, for example, we used a spruce branch.
Once soaked in paint, gently position it on your t-shirt, ensuring that the paint is properly distributed. Repeat as many times as necessary to complete your entire pattern. You can vary the colours as well the objects that you’re replicating.
Stage 4 :
If you want, you can add a few dabs of paint, applied with a paintbrush, to the leaf, fir cone and moss prints. Once again, to ensure your work is evenly spaced, use the marks that you made previously on the sheets of paper.
Stage 5 :
Once the paint has dried, you need to iron your pattern, to fix it permanently. To prevent ruining your T-shirt, place a clean tea towel between the shirt and your iron. The ironing time is indicated on the paint pot.
Now that you’ve successfully carried out all the above stages, you can say, in all honesty, that you’ve got a genuine bespoke T-shirt! Please remember to share your creations on social networks, adding the hashtag: HKG11.
To help you with your Do It Yourself creation, a video tutorial is available on Hiking on the Moon’s Web TV !
You can as usual find this tutorial on HKG 11 along with Caroline’s full interview !