A gift worthy of a fan-girl? Is there such a thing? We all know those people who are head over heels for that one thing they are into. Or several things they are in to, what ever the case may be. And usually, finding gifts for said people, with such a specific interest or interests is relatively easy.
So what then, do you get for a 13-year-old girl who is all up in the fan fiction? And not just any girl, but the bestie/neighbors kid you love as one of your own? Something that is beyond cool, beyond awesome? I’m sure you can to Hastings or such and check out the latest Harry Potter get up, or as any Whovian knows with a new Doctor comes new Dr. Who merch. That’s all fine and well, but let’s face it, it’s; well boring and unimaginative I guess.
Now when said 13-year-old has taken to heart one of the very things you grew up with, one of the very things she gets picked at for, as you did. And is very willing to follow her own path, stand on her own feet and proudly nerd up, not following the society of sheep all around. What gift then, is personalized enough for a kindred spirit, to cheer her on in her rebellion of “Nay-sayers” and “Should-doers?”
Not just anything will do. And being a fan-girl, knowing every minute detail of story lines and a personal knowledge of characters that are closer than people in her real life, well you simply can not just pick something off a shelf, or even scour the internet for that one perfect gift. Not if you want to blow her beautiful nerdy mind.
So what do you do? Once you work out the direction to take it becomes easy. And as said fan-girl is 1) a real Whovian, 2) with a love of t-shirts; it becomes even easier. See? We just narrowed it down to a Dr. Who t-shirt. And in two steps!
But how do we make this a one of a kind, personal gift that no one else can copy off her remembering the kids that pick on others for being different, and then copy and steal said new, awesome, cool thing she came up with? Because kids are freaking mean.
- Well, we find a black shirt, you know, because teenager now…
- And we find bleach, spray bottle, paints, brushes, sponges, even sticks…it’s art. Have fun with it!
- And then we print out an epic picture of the Tardis off the googles on to iron-on-transfer paper (the kind made for dark fabrics)
- And then we wing it. Galaxy shirts, clothing and such are apparently all the rage, or have been or something. I must have missed the memo on that one. So we wing it, ok.
But I can close my eyes, remember images from the Hubble Telescope and overlay them with my imagination (adding in limited art skills) and memory of the Tardis from Dr. Who, and this, very loosely re-imagined, is what I see….
I know there are tutorials all over the place and I admit I really didn’t worry about them (Sorry creative people, I am a hands on type also.) I did however spend several minutes looking at images of what is floating about the ether, and I was so excited to just jump in and give it a go. I’m not sure if there are rules for Galaxy wear, being a form of art and crafts, nor do I particularly care.
Now having worked with all these materials and having them on hand already, I not only saved money (always a win) but I was familiar with understanding that spraying bleach in random gaseous and star type ways needed to be done before washing, drying and then playing with paint. I was also very careful, since I cheated with making an iron on, not to have paint too close to the placement of where I would need to use the iron, as that is the last step.
So there it is, a Tardis Galaxy t-shirt. And just because I had a boring denim jacket on standby, loyally awaiting a fun idea, I made one for me, sans color. And no it’s not stealing her awesome juju on account I have been a Whovian since Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) with reruns of previous Doctors at the same time. Yeah, old and all that lol.
So, what do you think? Is this something you will try? I’d love to see them! If you have questions I would be happy to do my best to answer them in the comments below.
Oh, and she loved it, to the point of praise, a smile and a giggle (which coming from a shy person is huge!)
Happy crafting creatives!