Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stencil + Spray Paint + T-shirt = FUN!

Last weekend I signed up for a Graffiti Art and T-shirt workshop at Elephant Room Gallery. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I work with young people who like to draw bubble letters in their school notebooks or who talk about tagging. I thought that I could learn something to use with them, since I have done t-shirt projects with my 8th graders.

Well, first I got a private lesson with Hebru Brantley in some styles of graffiti writing. It was pretty fun, but I'm not very good at it. : / I guess I need to practice that a little more! The t-shirt part of the workshop was with Sam Kirk. We made stencils that we could lay on our t-shirt and then spray paint the design on. It was a lot of fun and so simple! I have been brainstorming more t-shirt ideas to try on my own or ways I could do this project at school with my students!

Here is my finished product!

Here are the steps to take, if you want to make your own t-shirt.


  1. You made that?!? I think you were wearing it yesterday when we swung by. I didn't look close enough. Wow! I am so impressed. Nice work Mal:)

  2. Yep, I made it! Really easy. We should by some spray paints and have another "art day!" :)

  3. thats probably the coolest t-shirt I done seen girl!

  4. Great job on the T-shirt! A T-shirt workshop is an activity truly worthy of your time and effort. You could make use of that skill for a long time and in many ways. And with a little practice, you could even make it your own business. Customized shirts are a perfect gift. It’s cheap, original and sweet! - Lissette Monroe