Today I’ve been printing Pikachu! We have a birthday party to go to on Monday, and just like my boys, the birthday boy is a big fan of Pokémon, so I’ve customised a plain Tee with a picture of everyone’s favourite Pokémon as a little gift for him.
The Pikachu drawing is by Tommy, one of my boys, who is a really talented artist… it is very useful to have an endless source of his Pokémon/Looney Tunes/Adventure Time pics to choose from for birthday cards etc.! This is one of his Adventure Time pics – hand-drawn then scanned and coloured digitally.
And for readers of a certain age – Danger Mouse, drawn a couple of years ago now:
Can you tell how proud I am?
But back to the T-shirt, in case you fancy having a go yourself….
I use iron-on heat transfer paper to create the print for the T-shirt (I buy it from Crafty Computer Paper, which has a fabulous array of goodies if you are into this kind of experimentation) It’s really easy to use with an ink-jet printer – you just scan in the image you want to use, pop the special paper into your printer and then print it out.
Once the image is printed, you cut it out (you don’t have to cut very accurately if you are transferring it onto a white T-shirt – I had to do a fairly precision cut for my yellow Tee), peel off the backing, then iron the transfer onto the T-shirt. Ta-da! As you can see, the transfer paper is only semi-translucent, so you need to use it on a light colour fabric – but there is a dark fabric version available too, if you want to try it out. I first used this transfer paper a few years back now, and was worried about how it would wash (I thought peeling and cracking would be a problem), but it has been fine, and the transfer has had more longevity than the T-shirt itself!
It’s a really fun activity to do with your kids (Introduction to Ironing – Lesson 1!) and great for making personalised gifts. No one else is going to have a Pikachu T-Shirt quite like this one…