fabric paint


I’ve put all of the fabric painting tutorials into one big photo post.

Includes silk painting with resist (Elven Banner), free-hand painting on stretch fabrics (Jareth from Labyrinth), fake embroidery with puffy paint (Peter of Narnia), graphite transfer paper with fabric paint pens (Tali from Mass Effect) and regular Tulip fabric paint (TARDIS lab coat).

Maybe this format is better?


Painting stripes for custom fabric! Sometimes you just can’t find the right fabric. I tape down the amount of fabric I need with masking tape, then the stripes with more masking tape (you can cut down the tape with a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler to any exact thickness you need. Stick it lightly in long enough pieces onto your cutting mat to do this.) then I paint on my color.

Jacquard textile paint goes on beautifully. I brushed on 2 even thin layers, and after ironing to heat set, it doesn’t even feel painted. Soft and supple. It kinda sinks into the fabric.

Martha Stewart craft paint is cheaper and more colors (including great gold/silver and metallic colors), and I used a tiny amount here to lighten the blue. It is about equivalent to Tulip fabric paint. It has great coverage, is flexible, the satin doesn’t dry shiny and cheap looking, and I use it a lot on fabric for cosplay and plush. Jacquard is way better of course for fabric, but this is my go to craft paint.

I couldn’t find the right sort of fabric for the Monk’s bodice and shorts, so I decided to buy a grey knit and paint the checkered design on.  Last week, I did an experiment with fabric paint and acrylic paint.  The reason was I didn’t like the fabric paint selection in the store.  They didn’t have the right shade of red (it was more of a pink really), but when I went to the acrylics section, there were so many shades to choose from!

I started out by blocking out parts of my fabric with masking tape (using it for actual masking of things for once).  Then I dabbed the paint on with a sponge.  Be careful not to use too much side to side action when applying the paint because it might get under the tape.  Once the paint is dry, remove the tape.

As you can see, plain acrylic paint on a knit fabric does not work too well.  It doesn’t stretch with the fabric, it’s too stiff, and little bits of paint flake off.  The solution?  Fabric paint medium!  This stuff is pretty awesome.  You just mix it with the acrylic paint of your choice and yay instant fabric paint!  It improves how much the paint adheres to fabric, flexibility, and how much it stretches.  Additionally, it doesn’t appear to alter the color at all.  The only downside is the fabric medium tends to water down the acrylic a bit, so you might need to apply more than one coat.  So yeah, next time you can’t find fabric paint in the color you want, just make your own :-)

winterpantsu  asked:

What's a good fabric paint to paint stripes on charmeuse fabric. I'm going as Patchouli Knowledge from Touhou for a con, and since her clothes are like pajamas I wanted to make them appear like such but her dress has vertical purple stripes and I haven't seen any white and purple striped silky fabrics..

Hello there!

For a fabric as flowy and buttery as charmeuse, I’d recommend a product like Dye-na-Flow rather than a traditional fabric paint. It can be painted on in thin layers, but it won’t change the texture of the fabric as much as a traditional fabric paint. You’ll need to mask off the stripes very well to prevent seepage – I’d recommend using a resist rather than a simple masking, as the paint seeps into the fibers like a dye rather than like a traditional paint. If you have an airbrush, this would be the best way to apply it, in very thin layers. This will be a lot of work, since you need the resist, but it will create the best texture.

Otherwise, any high-quality fabric paint would work, though keep in mind that the texture will change to a degree and get rid of some of the softness of the hand of the charmeuse. This will allow for crisper lines than the Dye-na-Flow, so it’s a tradeoff. (I’m about to embark on a costume myself where I need to paint stripes onto a silk charmeuse scarf, and I’m planning on using this method, though it’s also a smaller item than a whole dress.) Here’s a guide on choosing paints.

You may be able to find a suitable fabric online with a bit more searching, as well. Try as many keywords as you can think of (purple and white, lavender and white, lilac and white, etc., satin, charmeuse, silky, silk, etc.) in different combinations (lavender and white striped satin, lavender and white striped charmeuse, purple and white striped satin, etc.). It appears that purple and white striped tablecloths made of satin-like materials are common, which you may be able to use if you can work around the size issue and it’s high enough quality, and I found this fabric on Etsy with a quick search.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff


Upcycling CDs into Wall Decor

This is not a super complicated DIY and can be a fun activity for a rainy day. If you have scratched up CDs or those old school “AOL trial offers” (remember those?), simply sketch out a design with a marker, then hand trace the outline with puffy paint. As long as you have a steady hand and some detailing tools (i.e. a toothpick or q-tip), anyone can create these color and elaborate designs.

I’m quite proud of this collection. I created these when I was about 15 years old. I drew inspirations from different cultures and aesthetics themes, but every single one was an original creation.