Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July Tee -Guest Designer Katie Piotrowski

                                             DIY 4th of July Tee

I had a friend call and ask me what she could do to turn a little white tank into a 4th of July tee for her little girl. My answer: bring it to me! haha I had a few ideas swirling around in my head and of course, rhinestones were involved. And whenever I think of rhinestones I think of my Gazelle. When Jennifer arrived we tossed around some ideas, made a decision and set to work. Here's the tank before we got started...
We decided to airbrush some stars on the front to start so we chose the B29 Copic marker and cut out some plain star shapes. I cut out 3 stars and placed them on the tank with some low tack adhesive. This way, I could place the negative over the star and know I was airbrushing in the correct spot! Before I started, I tucked a piece of chipboard inside the tank to keep any color from bleeding through.

    Once I was done airbrushing all 3 stars, it was time to BLING it out! I grabbed my Gazelle and created a rhinestone template for U, S and A. Since we had blue stars and a white shirt we chose 6ss red stones. 
   I acidentally forgot to place my shield when spraying the last star and I oversprayed some. Big mess so we decided to make the bow to cover my oops. Here's a closer view of the rhinestones...

Didn't take long to pull together and Jennifer was happy with the results. And I'm sure I don't have to tell you her daughter looked adorable in it. I hope you all have a Happy 4th of July!
Katie Piotrowski