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Painted T-Shirt

It was about 2 years ago. I was painting something, a picture, when I went to the tea pot and then on to the jax. It wasn’t a very big journey in my little American house, but nonetheless I took the paintbrush I was currently using with me.

Unless you’re painting in freezing and damp conditions (like my studio in winter), acrylic paints dry very fast. A brush would be ruined in no time, especially if you lose track of minutes, turned into a lump of hard useless plastic with a long elegant handle - like Ryan Tubridy.

t-shirt painted with acrylic paints

So when I’m painting I don’t put the brush down, not to answer the phone, not to open the door, not to go to the jax. That way I can I keep an eye on the paint on the brush and make sure I return to painting with it before it dries on there.

This one day the paintbrush was clenched in my teeth as I walked into the windowless toilet to find myself confronted with 2 plain t-shirts hanging on the shower rail to dry. They weren’t really plain but to match my life I had long turned them inside out. I touched them. Both were dry.

Forgetting the painting out on the art table that I was in the middle of doing, I put brush to fabric. By the time I had finished I had 2 painted t-shirts. One was of a goat - though to be honest you had to be told this to see it. And the other was this one, vague yellow squares with twisted red lines running through them.

It’s been washed a hundred times since, so it’s fairly weathered now, somewhat cracked and broken like anything you dare to love - but I reckon most t-shirts worn and washed that much in 2 years wouldn’t have fared much better. This is it 2 weeks ago, taken by myself whilst wearing it.

There’s a load of shirts I fancy doing, and I’m also pondering doing some for readers and fellow bloggy people. Keep an eye.


  1. martha says:

    Back when I was painting scenery for various theatres, I used to paint a T-shirt or two with the leftover (acrylic) paint from the shows. Sometimes I’d use foam stamps that I’d made for the show. I don’t wear them much anymore, but twenty years later they still look pretty good. It’s amazing that they can be washed over and over. Will be sure to keep an eye out for your wearable art, Eolai!

  2. … a lump of hard useless plastic with a long elegant handle - like Ryan Tubridy - Classic!

  3. Grannymar says:

    You mean I could become a walking work of Art!

    I like the sound of those t-shirts

  4. [...] dare say EolaĆ­’s paying Ryan Tubridy a compliment? “turned into a lump of hard useless plastic with a long elegant handle - like Ryan [...]

  5. E gan F says:

    Martha - they are very hardy all right. Are there any pictures of any of yours anywhere online?

    Primal - kind of writes itself.

    Grannymar - Oh you’re already a walking work of art.

  6. martha says:

    Eolai, no online photos, sorry. Email me your address sometime & I’ll dig one out and send it along.

    PS: There will be online photos of my latest pottery series within the next month—you’re high on my list of whom to send links.

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