Silhouette Sketch And Paint Shirt

measures 5" x 4.50" 
 

This ink-embellished shirt was created using Silhouette sketch pens and ink. You don't have to own a Silhouette machine to complete this project... but the machine really makes the work easy. Get out your favorite shirt pattern, cut out your fabric and add some color with the luscious Silhouette inks that are permanent after setting with an iron. The design is created on fabric pieces before the shirt is assembled. When the sewing is done, it will be ready to wear. My instructions include the templates for the shirt front and the collar and cuffs. Lightweight fabric should be used when sketching with the Silhouette machines. Heavy fabric may not feed without problems. Keep in mind, the artwork may need a slight adjustment to fit your collar and cuff size. Also be aware that different fabrics may produce different results. Colors may not be true when applying this design to colored fabrics. Tightly woven fabric like the white rayon challis I used, produces sharp lines and vivid colors. 

You'll find the instructions below designated for Silhouette Curio (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters. 

Directions

step 1 - CK - Download and print the templates onto card stock. Create stencils by cutting out the shapes with a craft knife.

step 1 - CK - Download and print the templates onto card stock. Create stencils by cutting out the shapes with a craft knife.

step 2 - SC - Cut files for the Silhouette Curio or Cameo 3 are included in the dedicated Curio pdf download.  Open the file in your software.

step 2 - SC - Cut files for the Silhouette Curio or Cameo 3 are included in the dedicated Curio pdf download.  Open the file in your software.

step 3 - Cut out the left front fabric piece, the collar, and the cuffs for your shirt. Place adhesive stencil vinyl on the backside of the fabric to stabilize it while sketching and painting. Cover any exposed sticky areas with freezer paper.

step 3 - Cut out the left front fabric piece, the collar, and the cuffs for your shirt. Place adhesive stencil vinyl on the backside of the fabric to stabilize it while sketching and painting. Cover any exposed sticky areas with freezer paper.

step 4 - CK – Place the card stock stencil on your shirt front fabric and trace the design using the Tan sketch pen. Also sketch the collar piece and the cuffs.

step 5 - SC – Place the Tan sketch pen in the machine’s blade holder.

step 5 - SC – Place the Tan sketch pen in the machine’s blade holder.

step 6 - SC - Position the shirt front on the cutting mat. If the size of your piece is wider than the cutting mat, vertically roll over the fabric not being sketched. If necessary, use painters tape to secure it and prevent it from interfering with the machine’s operation. Also position fabric so that overlapped layers do not feed under the rollers.

step 6 - SC - Position the shirt front on the cutting mat. If the size of your piece is wider than the cutting mat, vertically roll over the fabric not being sketched. If necessary, use painters tape to secure it and prevent it from interfering with the machine’s operation. Also position fabric so that overlapped layers do not feed under the rollers.

step 7 - SC - Choose the sketch pen and plain card stock in the Cameo 3 settings. Curio users follow settings specified by the software for sketch pens. Send the project to sketch.

step 7 - SC - Choose the sketch pen and plain card stock in the Cameo 3 settings. Curio users follow settings specified by the software for sketch pens. Send the project to sketch.

step 8 - SC - The entire cuff and collar will no doubt be too large to sketch all at once. Sketch half of each piece. Remove it from the mat and shift the fabric up on the mat to sketch the other half. Roll over the sketched end and tape it down as in step 6.

step 8 - SC - The entire cuff and collar will no doubt be too large to sketch all at once. Sketch half of each piece. Remove it from the mat and shift the fabric up on the mat to sketch the other half. Roll over the sketched end and tape it down as in step 6.

step 9 - Do not remove the vinyl adhesive backing. When all pieces are sketched, use the gold pen to fill in the circles.

step 9 - Do not remove the vinyl adhesive backing. When all pieces are sketched, use the gold pen to fill in the circles.

step 10 - In small disposable containers, add a little water to the paints to make them more fluid for applying with a brush.

step 10 - In small disposable containers, add a little water to the paints to make them more fluid for applying with a brush.

step 11 - Paint half way up each feather staying inside the sketch lines. Allow the turquoise to dry then paint the top portion of the feather with red paint, overlapping the turquoise in irregular strokes. Create jagged strokes with the gold sketch pen down the center of the feathers.

step 11 - Paint half way up each feather staying inside the sketch lines. Allow the turquoise to dry then paint the top portion of the feather with red paint, overlapping the turquoise in irregular strokes. Create jagged strokes with the gold sketch pen down the center of the feathers.

step 12 - Remove the stencil vinyl. Allow the ink to dry for 24 hours. Set a press cloth over the painted pieces and set the ink with a dry iron. The iron temperature should be appropriate for the type of fabric you are using.

step 13 - Sew the pieces of your shirt together according to your pattern instructions.

Tip

SC - Always remove the sketch pen when the machine stops and don’t insert the pen until you are ready to sketch. This will reduce the chances of accidental pen marks on fabric as you are attaching or removing it from the mat. Also be sure that any excess fabric passing through the machine does not come in contact with the pen.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Silhouette Cameo 3 or Curio (optional)
  • Silhouette Sketch Pen Colors – Neutral Tan, & Gold
  • Silhouette Ink Colors – Red, Turquoise
  • Silhouette adhesive stencil vinyl

Miscellaneous

  • CK – Card stock and craft knife
  • Shirt fabric
  • Shirt pattern and sewing notions
  • Freezer Paper
  • Painters tape
  • Iron and press cloth
  • Containers for mixing ink and water

 


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