Abstractly Speaking T-Shirt by Tulip®
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Abstractly Speaking T-Shirt by Tulip®

Give a vibrant T-shirt extra personality with abstract shapes in fun colors! Use your imagination to create your own wearable work of art, then embellish with crystals for designs that sparkle with spunk.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint – Neon Sunburst Yellow, Neon Tropical Green, Turquoise Matte, Cool Blue Matte, Petal Pink Matte, Azalea Matte and Royal Blue Matte
  • Tulip® Hot-Fix Glass Crystals – Rainbow Assortment
  • Tulip® Deluxe Heat Setter
  • T-Shirt – Lime Green
  • Freezer Paper
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water Cup
  • Iron

Project Instructions

Step 1 Pre-wash and dry shirt to remove sizing; do not use fabric softener.

Step 2 Place a sheet of freezer paper waxy side up inside T-shirt and iron over shirt to melt wax and hold fabric in place. This will create a stable painting surface.

Step 3 Use chalk pencil to draw abstract shapes onto shirt as shown.

Step 4 Fill in larger shapes with Neon Soft® paint colors, and apply other colors listed to smaller accent shapes as desired. Let dry.

Step 5 Use Deluxe Heat Setter to embellish painted designs with Hot-Fix Crystals, following instructions on package.

Step 6 Remove freezer paper from inside of shirt.


No need to use tweezers to place crystals on shirt; the special tips on the Tulip® Deluxe Heat Setter will pick up and hold the crystals in place long enough to transfer them onto your design.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Lauri Eaton courtesy of iLoveToCreate®.