Fish-Print T-Shirt

Fish-Print T-Shirt

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


Use this simple fish-print technique to make a one-of-a-kind T-shirt that's perfect for adults and kids alike.

Resources: For more information on fish printing and to purchase fish replicas and fish-printing kits, visit T-shirts are from American Apparel. Speedball fabric screen-printing ink, printing blocks, and linoleum cutter are available from For more fun projects, check out these favorite crafts from "The Martha Stewart Show."


  • Whole fish or fish replica

  • Fabric screen-printing ink

  • Brayer

  • T-shirt

  • Speedy-Cut printing block or eraser

  • Linoleum cutter

  • Pencil


  1. Generously ink fish by rolling a brayer in fabric paint and then rolling onto fish. Place T-shirt front side down on inked fish and pat in place. Carefully lift T-shirt and lay front side up to dry.

  2. Print hook template. Trace and fill in hook shape with pencil. Turn template over onto a printing block or eraser and rub the back of the template with the pencil to transfer the image. Carve around the transferred hook shape with a linoleum cutter to make a stamp.

  3. Stamp a hook for the fish on the T-shirt with fabric paint. Allow to dry.

  4. Set the fabric paint according to the paint manufacturer's instructions.


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