Painted Elvis Shirt

Measures 24”X 72”
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I just couldn’t resist this stencil of Elvis at his best. You’ll find the link at the bottom of this page so can get your own. As far as painted projects go, this is a simple and fast one. Make it to wear on your next trip to Graceland or to turn heads at the grocery store. I’ve suggested using hot fix transfer film for the rhinestone placement. But you can use other methods. See my Divaonline article “Four Top Methods For Attaching Rhinestones” for other options. Thank you. Thank you very much!

Directions

BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - Download and print out the rhinestone template. 

step 2 - Cut a square of transfer film to accommodate the size of the rhinestone template allowing generous margins on all sides.  Mark the vertical center if desired.

 

step 3 - Work on a hard flat surface.  Separate the backing from the transfer film.  Lay the film sticky side up over the design.  Tape down the edges of the film with painters tape.  

step 3 - Work on a hard flat surface.  Separate the backing from the transfer film.  Lay the film sticky side up over the design.  Tape down the edges of the film with painters tape.  

 

step 4 - Use tweezers or a PickMeUp toolto place rhinestones adhesive-side up over the design.

step 5 - Use the sticky end of the tool to lift the rhinestone and the flat edge tool to help dislodge the stone and press it to the film.

step 6 - When all the stones are in place, set the film aside.  It will be applied to the shirt after the painting.

step 7 -Mark the vertical center of the stencil. Iron a light crease in the shirt front to mark the shirt’s vertical center.

step 8 - Position the shirt on a hard, flat surface protected by plastic.  Place cardboard inside the shirt where the design will appear.

step 9 - Spray the back of the stencil with repositionable stencil spray. 

step 10 - Match the stencil center to the shirt center.  Press down to adhere the stencil to the shirt.

step 11 - Mask off any areas not to be painted with painters tape and paper towels.

step 11 - Mask off any areas not to be painted with painters tape and paper towels.

step 12 - Spray paint the Elvis image.

step 12 - Spray paint the Elvis image.

step 13 - When paint is completely dry, carefully remove the stencil. Important - Don’t forget to set the Elvis image with an iron 24 hours after applying the paint.  See instructions on the paint container.

step 13 - When paint is completely dry, carefully remove the stencil.

Important - Don’t forget to set the Elvis image with an iron 24 hours after applying the paint.  See instructions on the paint container.

step 14 - Align the transfer film at an angle below the Elvis image.

 

 step 15 - Cover the surface with a light protective cloth and press down for 30-40 seconds on the iron to release the adhesive of the hot fix rhinestones.  See time recommendations for your rhinestones.  When the project has cooled, carefully peel off the film.  For added insurance, iron the back side of the fabric too.

 step 15 - Cover the surface with a light protective cloth and press down for 30-40 seconds on the iron to release the adhesive of the hot fix rhinestones.  See time recommendations for your rhinestones.  When the project has cooled, carefully peel off the film.  For added insurance, iron the back side of the fabric too.


Supplies

At Joann's

  • Hot Fix Transfer Film (also great prices on eBay)
  • painters tape
  • cardboard
  • cotton shirt
  • Lumiere black paint
  • repositionable stencil spray

At Crystal Pro Shop

At Art Stencil Designs

At Amazon

  • Aztek Airbrush
  • Pick Me Up Tool

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