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This Is What Happens When Art Explodes… ALL OVER.

It’s possible we’ve discovered the one thing cooler than the most awesome design. It’s that most awesome design – all over the place. With our ever expanding sublimated tees and tanks collection, we’ve been experimenting with all-over prints, and we’re loving the incredible art you guys have been producing. And this week, we bring a whole new assortment of design wonder to your very eyes, with the launch of 10 brand new sublimated designs. Since this is a new type of designing for many, we asked this week’s artists to share the best piece of advice for creating an all-over print. Read on to find out their answers, and feel free to share any of your own advice in the comments!

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“Pink Triangle Print” by nektarinchen

Stand out from the crowd! Think about including some negative space or maybe placing your graphic only on the top of the shirt. Leaving certain areas blank will ensure visual interest if used correctly. An all-over print doesn’t have to be “all over”. nektarinchen, Wein, Austria

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“Fruit Print” by House of Gianni

Everything can be a pattern. Patterns always works great and look great on all kinds of clothes, so keep your eyes wide open – you might discover your next all-over print. House of Gianni, Mexico City, Mexico

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“Pattern Overload” by Elizabeth S. Dioquinto

For all-over prints, use the shirt as open canvas. Paint, explore, and create scenery, an abstract, a main point of view, a subject, something surreal, anything under the sun that defies our imagination. It’s an open battle field for every designer; that’s why every space counts. Don’t be scared to explore. – Elizabeth S. Dioquinto, Cebu, Philippines

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“Highly Approved” by Lili Batista

Well, I’m not an expert, but I would say to make sure your art will really benefit from an all-over print. Since I had a photo of the sky, I felt like that was the best way to go. – Lili Batista, PR, Brazil

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“Sloth Stripe” by Kellabell9

I worked as an overall print designer in women’s fashion for eight years. The biggest lesson I learned is when creating a layout, try what you think will work, then save it and come back later. Always check it with fresh eyes for “holes” in the repeat. Also, save often and with different file names, because sometimes you have to compare repeat styles against one another to see what works best. Lastly, when it doubt, half-drop it (like it’s hot) and add a cute animal. ;) – Kellabell9, Minnetonka, MN

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“Ghost Pixels” by Florent Bodart

Think outside the box. – Florent Bodart, Casson, France

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“Northern Sky” by dandingeroz

Believe you are making a painting and use the t-shirt as your canvas. dandingeroz, Manila, Philippines

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“Uphill Battle” by Budi Satria Kwan

I don’t think I am in the place to give advice, since this is my first all over print (other than the pattern). What makes a good all-over print design is a design that you would like to wear. Budi Satria Kwan, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia

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“Smooch and Booch” by Andres Gomez

The trick is on the composition! Think of creating focal points to give the tee any shape you want. The patterns can make the magic, but well placed shapes can make a unique piece. – Andres Gomez

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Shawn Gauthier

Content Manager & Writer at Threadless. Into the usual stuff like words and music and internet animals.