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Basic Crayon T-Shirt Art Tutorial

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Art is a great fun activity for kids, but did you know that you could turn it into something even more creative? You can turn your child’s crayon art into an amazing t-shirt art.

This tutorial will teach you two ways to put a child’s crayon artwork onto a t-shirt. The first method is through the Color-on-Shirt Method:


  • Pre-washed cotton t-shirt
  • Piece of Card board for inserting inside the shirt
  • Crayola crayons or Fabric crayons
  • Gentle brush
  • Wax paper
  • Flat iron


  1. Pre-wash and dry the t-shirt to avoid sizing and shrinkage
  2. Place the card board inside the shirt and let your child color directly on the shirt fabric. (Let your child use fabric crayons; Crayola crayons will also do – there’s something in its wax formula that makes it work.)
  3. After your child’s crayon art is done, brush off the excess crayons you don’t want to include in the t-shirt design.
  4. Then, place a wax paper on to the artwork, shiny side down. Do not remove the card board inside the shirt, and then set the flat iron on to Cotton setting.
  5. Iron press on to the paper without moving the iron back-and-forth. Press firmly until all of the crayon design is pressed permanently on to the shirt, but being careful not to scorch the fabric.

Another way to make crayon art t-shirt is through the Transfer Method. For this method, you will use the following materials:


  • Pre-washed synthetic blend t-shirt
  • Piece of Card board for inserting inside the shirt
  • Fabric crayons or Crayola crayons
  • Freezer paper or any type of white paper
  • Flat iron


  1. Let your child color a piece of freezer paper or any type of white paper. He or she would need to color heavily so that enough of the crayon will be transferred on to the t-shirt. (Remember that the artwork would be a mirror image of the shirt’s final design. Letterings would need to be done backwards.)
  2. Next, place a piece of card board inside the synthetic blend t-shirt
  3. Lay the colored-on paper on to the t-shirt, crayoned side down.
  4. Iron the design onto the back side of the crayoned paper, pressing firmly until the crayon artwork has been transferred completely onto the shirt. Resist the urge to lift the crayoned paper until you are sure that the design transfer is finished, else the t-shirt fabric will tend to shift and you could end up with a design that does not look exactly like what you intend.

In making any kind of t-shirt art, it’s wise to use medium or dark-colored crayons on light-colored t-shirts, and light-colored crayons on dark-colored shirts to make the design really stand out.

The author is a freelance writer who writes about emerging communication technologies.

All Hail the ‘Zeitgeist T-shirt’


What does zeitgeist mean? – It means: the spirit of the time or the general trend or the thoughts and feelings of the current moment in time.

In the tough world around us, any chance to make a quick buck is almost expected. Currently, one of the best ways to tap into most people’s consciousness (and their wallets) is to offer them something that gives them an opportunity to show that they are aware of and are supporting/fighting against whatever the issue of the day happens to be.

They may indeed be produced just to make some fast cash or they may be made as part of the movement or cause to help spread the word or raise some money. Some are more artistic than others both in design and statement but as long as the message is clear then it usually makes for a sudden must-have item.

Peaceful Protest Pepper Spray Cop

This phenomenon is most recently highlighted with the rapid emergence of a t-shirt depicting the recent shocking footage of a member of University of California, Davis, campus police force nonchalantly spraying pepper spray into the faces of seated peaceful protestors. An anonymous t-shirt artist quickly produced a t-shirt version of an image posted on Reddit which had been doctored to show butterflies being sprayed from the can.

‘Casually Butterfly Everything’ is available on Etsy.

But this is not the first spontaneous zeitgeist inspired t-shirt to become available in the last year or so. Here are a few more:

Occupy T-Shirts

The recent ‘Occupy’ movement that has seen peaceful protests in cities around the world, which started in Wall Street in New York as a statement against capitalism and the current state of the economic issues in the world, has inspired dozens of t-shirts. Even rap star Jay-Z has decided to capitalise on the trend by incorporating the theme into a range of clothing.

London Riots Cheeky Clothing

Not all zeitgeist trends are for good causes. The London riots have inspired a wide range of t-shirts that have unsurprisingly been condemned by commentators as people trying to capitalise on the violence. Slogans include: ‘I looted and all I got was this t-shirt’.

Libya Uprising Chic

The uprising in Libya and the removal of crackpot dictator Muammar Gaddafi has led to a huge range of t-shirts that support the now successful campaign. Many of the t-shirts used the now reclaimed national flag as its main symbol. You can still get them by searching for something like ‘Libyan Uprising t-shirts’.

WikiLeak on my cool T-shirt

The international secret document distributer, who has blown the whistle on many stories and issues by posting classified media on its website for the last few years made especially large font headlines by releasing diplomatic cables that some fear would have major political consequences. The WikiLeaks message is quite neatly conveyed on one of the many cool t-shirts now available from various sources online: “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. – US Supreme Court”

T-shirts are an excellent medium for conveying your appreciation of the zeitgeist while looking good at the same time.

What would you have on your own zeitgeist t-shirt?


Julian Fawkes is a journalist and t-shirt designer. He loves funny t shirts UK culture references and when he sees mens funny t shirts he always takes a note.