Guys! There’s no doubt that line art, or continuous line drawing is growing in popularity. While it’s not a new technique, I’ve started to see it pop up on gallery walls and other places. It’s a really graphic look that also has a lot of simplicity. It’s also a form of art where even if you don’t feel you are artistic, the technique is easy to recreate!
The best thing about continuous line art is that it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn out perfect. Wonky lines and skewed proportions add to the finished product. For these DIY line art t-shirt ideas, I free-handed three different pictures to try out. I played around with line art faces and flowers for these designs. You may be inspired by portraits, pets or nature – it’s up to you!
And if you love this look but really aren’t feeling confident in recreating it, fear not! I’ve added my three designs as a downloadable, printable template for my readers. You can print them to scale on a normal home computer, or scale them bigger or smaller depending on how you’d like to use them!
DIY Line Art T-Shirts
You will need:
-Quality fabric (laundry) marker
-Hard surface, such as thick cardboard or a large book
If you’re using one of my templates, print them out at 100% or scale them to the size you’re happy with.
Or, if you’re creating your own designs, have a go at continuous line drawing on paper. I used pencil (and did about half a dozen takes) before I did one I was happy with. Then, go over the design with a marker. This will help it show through when you trace it onto the t-shirt.
Place your template onto a hard surface (eg thick cardboard or large book). Slip the template under the front of your t-shirt to get it into position. Then, use the clips to hold the t-shirt in place. You want the t-shirt to be firmly in place, but not stretched.
Begin to go over the template on the t-shirt with a fabric marker. I found it worked best using small, light strokes then filling in any gaps later.
Once you’ve traced the template onto your t-shirt, you may want to wait a little while to make sure it’s dry.
Then, your very own DIY line art t-shirt is complete!
This line art t-shirt is definitely one I’ll be wearing a lot. What do you think? For more DIY fashion ideas, check out this page.