Author: Wendy Croxford
Experiencing a dry spell in t-shirt design ideas lately? In t-shirt design as with most other creatively-inclined pursuits, these dry spells are bound to happen. During these times design ideas and inspiration are at an all time low, and when you do come up with anything there’s often something not quite right about it.
Fortunately there is a way to get out of this rut, and that’s by turning to fast, simple and reliable design ideas. These design ideas are easy to achieve yet are tried-and-tested to be attractive and popular with a lot of customers. Even if you’ve got little to no creative juices at the moment, by working on these simple designs you can slowly get those juices flowing again.
So without further ado, here are 5 simple t-shirt design ideas you can turn to when design inspiration is running low:
Vintage is a go-to design idea that many t-shirt printers turn to because not only is it fast and easy, it’s immensely popular. Just about everyone owns a vintage-looking tee, as its style is timeless and unique at the same time.
A vintage design can be achieved through vintage lettering, which is often quite special and artistic (think old world circus signs). The text can be anything you wish, so long as you’ve got that beautiful vintage lettering work down and give it that faded, used look when printing. When going for vintage designs it’s best to go for complementary colours or colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. You could also use pastel colours for your text as these colours already have that faded look to them. Use organic cotton tees and water-based fabric printing inks so you get that soft, worn in feel.
Statement tees are all time classics. Their prints often reflect popular culture, but they can also be timeless sayings. They’re quite simple to make– all you need is a statement, be it a word, a phrase, a quote, a line from a song, even a little joke– and print in in big bold letters on your shirt. Statement tees are one of the simplest kind of shirts to make, as they usually just require one or two solid colours.
3. Geometric Prints
Big, bold and striking, geometric prints are another fast and easy go-to t-shirt design. Geometric prints can be as simple or complex as you want, and can be colourful or as simple yet striking as black and white.
Geometric prints combine a number of shapes and/or lines to create a unique shape or pattern. You’ll see a lot of these kinds of designs being worn in electronic music and outdoor concerts, but they’re also quite popular as everyday wear.
The most cost-effective way to go about printing geometric prints would be to use just one colour, or keep things safe and opt for black against white or vice versa.
Water-based textile printing ink would be the best choice for this as this ink is able to produce sharper, more defined edges of a design, which is something you definitely want to see in geometric prints. They also produce a softer feel perfect for keeping these tees comfy.
4. Accent Prints
A cute little picture on the pocket, maybe a cool little pattern on both sleeves– these types of designs may be small, but they can totally change the look of a shirt.Pocket tees are particularly great bases for accent prints. By putting a small yet attractive design on the pocket, you direct a person’s eye towards that detail and make a shirt look anything but boring. You could choose to print a cute little animal, your own logo, a funny quip, or fill the entire pocket with an eye-catching pattern or design of your choice.
4. Colour Block
If detailed designs just seem too daunting to make at the moment, just get colour blocking! Colour blocking is an easy way to create interesting garments and the design flatters most body types. Shirts with colour block designs often serve a dual purpose: they present an eye-catching design and are also able to create illusions, like make a man’s chest look wider or a woman’s waist slimmer.One thing you have to be careful with when doing colour block designs is to make sure your blocks are strategically placed, and that they are in the right colour. You don’t want to put colour blocks where they are most unflattering to the wearer, and with such a large area of the shirt being in one colour, you want to make sure it’s a pleasing colour.To achieve broad coverage with rich colour that doesn’t stiffen up your shirt, use water based ink for screen printing your colour block designs.
Get yourself out of the t-shirt print design rut by getting started with these simple but reliable t-shirt design ideas. And always be sure to use the best water-based screen printing inks for your works: Permaset Aqua. Take a look at our extensive ink range today and get in touch with us to know more.
Colormaker Industries are the manufacturers of Permaset eco-friendly inks located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Colormaker is committed to supporting the environment and to the continual improvement of its environmental performance, recognising its obligations both locally and globally.
Week 1 – Day #5 – a few hold ups due to high winds and bad weather.
Week 2 – Day #8 done & dusted. There’s not a lot different to see, but if you look closely, you can see more wires & rail that has been installed this week.
Week 2 – Day #8. Solar Panels ready and waiting to be installed.
8. Week 3 – Day #13. We’re making good progress with 51 Solar Panels installed, and just another 305 to go!
10. Week 4. We lost 4 days to rain last week, but got the back section finished today. Ever closer to completion.
11. Week 5. The solar installation at Colormaker Industries has now been completed and we are so excited!
356 solar panels will generate all our electricity, and at times we’ll be exporting excess renewable energy back to the grid. At peak production, estimates indicate we’ll be generating enough energy to power 15-20 homes, and furthermore, the electricity Colormaker Industries produces will save the production of over 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year.
Take a look at the following photos for our completed installation on the roofs of our factory and office complex.
Check out the above video showing drone footage of the completed Colomaker Solar Panel project.
On Friday 27/9/19, we were honoured to welcome the Federal Member for Warringah, Ms Zali Steggall, OAM to officially open Colormaker Industries Solar Panel Installation by cutting the ribbon and switching on the solar panels.
Colormaker Industries is so very proud that now there’s a little bit of Australian sunshine ☀️☀️☀️going into every pot of PERMASET, PERMATONE & PERMAPRINT PREMIUM inks and PERMAPLASTIK scenic paint we manufacture here at our factory in Brookvale!
Visit the PERMASET Sustainability page to find out more about our other sustainability initiatives.
Planning on creating your very first, personalised printed tee? There are a few essentials you always need to have in your screen printing kit.
Choosing what to include in your kit can be confusing at times, as different printers can have different methods and suggestions. However, these variations really depend on your personal preferences, and what really matters are these few essentials:
Screen – Of course, you’ve got to have a screen in order to screen print. Screens come in a lot of different sizes and which one you choose really depends on the size of your print. They also come in different mesh counts, and the right mesh count will depend on how detailed your design is and how thick your ink is. The more detailed your design, the higher your mesh count should be otherwise the ink will simply fall through the larger holes of the screen, bleed and make your print blurry. If your ink is quite thick however, you’ll want to use a lower mesh count or else not much ink is going to go through your screen.
Looking for a fun and practical DYI project? Why not make your own custom shopping bags and tote bags?
Reusable shopping bags and tote bags are wonderful items in that they’re very versatile—you can use them for shopping, for going to the beach, as promotional items, giveaways or gift bags. They’re also environment-friendly because unlike plastic or paper bags you can use them again and again.
Making custom shopping bags and tote bags is easy, and requires only a few materials to start.
What’s neither glitter nor pure gold but gives off a brilliant, breathtaking sheen to prints on your shirt? It’s none other than metallic ink, and it gives off just enough shine to make any printed design stand out without being too loud or ostentatious.
Metallic inks are distinct printing inks that have been around for a while but aren’t as commonly used as other water-based inks for printing. There are a few possible reasons for this, one being that people often get intimidated by the boldness of these colours, and are unsure how to use them.
Using metallic inks for screen printing however is not that complicated, and they produce sensational, shining results that are well worth the try.