Arts and Crafts-Sandpaper and Crayon T-Shirt Prints

I love art, and that stands to reason since one of my degrees is in art.  But art wasn’t just something I majored in; it is something I have enjoyed since I was a little girl. I was the one who got into trouble for doodling in my binder while the teacher was instructing.  This is still a habit, even as an adult.  I doodle, or draw, or sketch, or color, or whatever you’d like to call it all the time.  While on the phone, in front of the T.V., in meetings.   The list goes on…

My lifelong interest in art was one of the few characteristics my son did not inherit from me.  William has little patience for most art, even when the focus is purely the process and experimentation.  It seems he’d simply rather be doing something else.  So, when I saw the idea here at Alphamom to make a T-shirt design using sandpaper and crayons, I jumped on the idea, hoping that William would also be excited about it.

And he was, kind of, at least a bit more excited than usual, which was enough for me.   I took the increased enthusiasm and we colored away on that sandpaper to make is very own T-shirt design.

We began by making a design on coarse sandpaper using quality crayons.  (You can use any kind of sandpaper, but coarse is what we had on hand).  I’m sure that William would have loved for me to draw a fire truck or a dinosaur, but I wanted the product to be more his making than mine.  So the design we ended up with is more of a scribble than a defined object.  I did help William deepen the color of his lines so they would stand out more.

Then, we ironed the sandpaper picture onto the pre-washed T-shirt as though it were a traditional iron-on decal.  I used the cotton setting on my iron, which worked out well.  I counted to thirty while I ironed each corner.

Then, slowly lift.

Place a couple of paper towels over the transferred design and iron a few seconds longer.  This removes any clumps of wax.  To set the color, throw it in the dryer (by itself) for twenty to thirty minutes.  Don’t skip this step, or your design will fade away the first time you throw it in the wash, and it may be a good idea to wash it separately the first few times.  Finally, watch your kiddie smile each time he wears the new T-shirt he designed himself and helped make.

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