Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[DIY] therapy

In the 1960's, the Rorschach Ink Blot test was the most widely used personality test in America. The psychological test analyzes the subject's perception of a series of ink blots to determine personality characteristics and emotional functionality.

Lucky for us, last week's Project Runway All Stars season finale gave us designer Mondo Guerra's "Therapy" collection. He delivered flattering silhouettes and his signature mixed prints, including a Rorschach-inspired textile of his own creation. I loved his idea so much that I decided to create an ink blot piece of my own.

You will need:
White cotton shirt
Black fabric paint
Wax paper or tin foil (to separate t-shirt layers)

Lay your shirt face up on a flat surface, with wax paper inside the shirt to keep paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Make sure the edges are even and find the center at the collar and bottom hem.

Drop paint generously onto your shirt, starting in the center and then working out to the sides.  The paint I used had a small opening t the top, so I squirted paint directly onto my shirt from the bottle. Carefully fold your shirt in half lengthwise from top to bottom and press down, squeezing the paint so that it flattens out.

Slowly peel your shirt front apart so that it lays flat again. Let dry for 24 hours, then remove your wax paper before washing or wearing.

(Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: Carlos Santana, Earrings: Styles) 

(first two photos from here and here)

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