T-Shirt Painting – Fun, Fun, Fun!

Last week I had another art workshop for teens, and this time I taught a new class that I added this year… A T-Shirt Painting class.  We had a lot of fun and everyone’s T-shirt turned out AWESOME!  And so unique, everyone had a very personal vision for their shirt.  Here are a few pictures from the class…sorry about the quality, I forgot my camera so I took these with my phone. 😦


This is the shirt I painted for a sample.









Wow, have fabric paints changed.  I found all kinds of colors from neon to soft pastels and from shiny to matte finishes.  Just be sure to prewash your t-shirt without fabric softener.  I also put cardboard between the front and back of the shirts so the paint didn’t bleed through to the back of the shirt.  Drying time was also pretty quick, just be sure to make thin coats of paint, I learned when I was painting the eyes of my fairy, that if you get too much paint it gets way too gooey and can turn into a mess.

I also had everyone create a pencil sketch first, then outline it with a sharpie and slip it under the front of the t-shirt to use as a guide as they painted.  Since the t-shirts were white the sharpie showed through really well and you can see that some teens placed their paintings in different areas of their shirt, not necessarily centered.  I moved my fairy sketch to the side and painted some of her up on the sleeve to be more whimsical.

This class was held at the Hastings Branch Library as part of their summer program and was filled to capacity.  Such a great creative group!  I really enjoy teaching art and craft classes to teens, they are always so fun and enthusiastic about creating art.

Do any of you teach art to teenagers?  If you do, what is your most popular class?  My most popular classes are Manga/Anime drawing, Jewelry and now… T-shirt painting!

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell


Halloween Manga – Zombies

This last weekend I taught a Manga Zombie workshop at the Pasadena Library Teen Center.  I had a group of fun and talented teens!  Here are a few demo’s I sketched for the class.

I had a lot of fun with this class, it was pretty funny listening to my gruesome drawing instructions.  A big change from my usual Manga subject matter of sweet fairies and tree ladies.   Hmm… not sure if I am up to inking them.  We had a lot of laughs throughout the workshop. 🙂  Happy Halloween!  Janell

Crochet a Hipster Grannie Square Workshop

I will be teaching new arts and crafts workshops at Belle’s Nest in July.  Beginning crocheting, grannie squares, earrings class and a new photo pendant class.  Call Belle’s Nest at 626-355-0200 to register.  The first workshop is on July 11th and it is a beginning crochet class.

Crochet a Hispter Grannie Square!

Come and learn how to crochet a grannie square and find out about all the trendy clothes and accessories you can make with this updated crochet tradition!  A beginning crochet class (or refresher if you learned a while ago and want to begin crocheting again.)  Granny squares can be sewn together to make all kinds of projects such as scarves, blankets, pillows, purses, coasters, the possibilities are endless.   In this workshop you will learn to make a granny square using three basic crochet stitches.  You will also learn how to attach the squares together so you can continue making squares on your own to make a project of your choice.  All supplies and materials will be provided.  Class taught by artist Janell Mithani.  $30.  Class size is limited, advanced registration required.  Call Belle’s Nest at 626.355-0200 to sign up.

Wednesday, July 11th
11:00 Am – 12:30 PM
Level: Beginner or Intermediate
Cost $30 all supplies and materials included

I am also teaching another beginning crochet class on Friday, July 20th.

Crochet a Boho Style Scarf or Belt class

learn to crochet a scarf or belt

Learn to crochet a scarf or belt class by Janell Mithani

Friday, July 20th
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Level: Beginner
Fee: $30, includes all tools and supplies

In this crochet class you will learn basic crochet stitches as you make a fun stylish scarf or belt.  A beginning crochet class (or refresher if you learned a while ago and want to begin crocheting again.)  Once you learn the basics of crochet, the possibilities are endless.   In this workshop you will learn three basic crochet stitches as you crochet a scarf or belt, you get to choose which project you want to make.  Note that this class is to teach you basic crochet stitches while you make a scarf or belt, everyone learns at different speeds, so you may need to finish your project at home or in another class.  Class taught by artist Janell Mithani.  $30

I hope to see you in one of my workshops this month.  Have a great day!–Janell