Grace & Gratitude

This next post will be about creating your own t-shirt. It’s nothing new but it can be the perfect blank canvas for imagination. All you need are: 

Hard Surface

Hard Surface

Blank Tee

Blank Tee

Fabric Markers or Paint

Fabric Markers or Paint

An Idea

An Idea

Some helpful tips:

  1. Plan your idea beforehand and simply copy the idea onto the shirt. I did this by placing the drawing under the shirt with a hard surface and tracing the image.
  2. Draw in small strokes so that you control the pen and lines.
  3. Don’t wear the t-shirt often (especially if you really end up liking it) because the drawing can wear off.
  4. Don’t try to make it perfect. That would drive me crazy and good things come out of imperfections.
The Finished Tee

The Finished Tee

This t-shirt began by listening to Jeff Buckley’s album Grace. I was immediately hooked. I then went through my period of only listening to Jeff Buckley. This meant a lot of wasted time on Youtube searching live performances and interviews. I eventually came across a video in which he described the name of the album, Grace. He described it as a way of living through life, death, tragedy and pain.

“Grace is what matters in anything especially life, growth, tragedy, pain, love, death. That’s a quality I admire very greatly. It keeps you away from reaching for the gun too quickly. It keeps you from destroying things too foolishly. It sort of keeps you alive.”

I liked that definition of grace and to me it definitely has spiritual undertones. The yellow jacket that the drawing wears is supposed to replicate the jacket Jeff Buckley wore on the cover of Grace. It’s a pretty snappy jacket.

This t-shirt definitely looks better in pictures but I can’t wait to wear it out!

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