Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Running t-shirt

There is a new challenge starting over at I Love Promarkers and this week the challenge is to make something which IS NOT a card but still using Promarkers to add the colour.

Sometime ago I was signed up (i.e. by someone else ... not me...) to do a 10k obstacle endurance race. I had planned to make us "team" t-shirts and bought a couple of plain white cheap t-shirts from Tesco (2 for £7 - Bargain and they seem pretty good quality too!)  Luckily as the race got nearer... we got the news it had been cancelled. Obviously I was gutted - honestly!!

So when this challenge came up I decided it was time to make the t-shirt. The image I decided to use is called Jogger Mae from Some Odd Girl.  I picked her as she looks a little like me...
I do run, well I Jog, a few times a week so I will be able to wear the top when I go out but I swear I have never worn shorts as short as Mae.

Step 1 - I used Heat transfer paper that I bought from Amazon. It was really simple to do. I printed the image onto the special paper and then cut really close around the edge of the image.

Step 2 - is to iron the image on to the T-shirt. To do this - you have to use a really hot iron with no steam at all. So I turned the iron on and left it to dry all the water away. I put a cotton tea towel between the image and iron just to make sure I didn't burn it. It took a while for the image to transfer and I just had to keep trying a little corner to check. But if it hadn't - I simply kept ironing.

Step 3 - Once it had cooled down I peeled the paper away and then went about colouring the image with Promarkers.
I did try to colour an image prior to ironing on to the t-shirt but the ink removed the transfer material.
Once the Image was on the fabric - the transfer material creates the barrier that stops the alcohol markers from bleeding into the cotton. The ink doesn't blend as well as on paper so I didn't use as many different colours to shade the image. The ink also went a bit tacky and took a little longer to dry than on paper. 

I coloured Mae in the same colour pro/flexmarkers that I wear... yep my Trainers are Pink & Orange!
Skin - Antique white, Blush, Soft peach & Coral
Hair - Chestnut, Walnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa & Raw Sienna.
Pink bits on Top and trainers - Carmine, Magenta & Hot Pink
Orange bits - Halloween, Bright orange & Orange.

I'd like to enter this creation into the following challenges -
Not just Cards challenge

I hope you like this idea - Take a look a the other creations on at the challenge. Just makes you think of all the other ways Promarkers can be used.
See you soon,
Liz (:(|)x


  1. Gorgeous t-shirt, love the image you have used.

  2. Liz, this is amazing. I love the image and to have the patience to firstly work out how to transfer it to fabric and then to actually do just that is highly commendable! All too technical for me. The tee shirt looks wonderful.

    1. Sue - it really is very easy! Instead of printing & colouring on paper... Your just doing it on fabric! Go on ... Give it go!! Xx

  3. Wow, I hadn't thought about using my Promarkers for this Lilibet, it's amazing. What a fabulous way to make personalised clothing and gifts. this turned out beautifully and it's perfect for when you go running.

    1. It's surprising what our promarkers can do!! Now we have to pay for carrier bags... I've bought a few cotton ones that I am going to do this on... Everyone can have one for Christmas!! Xx

  4. Beautiful tee shirt. Great project. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Judy DT