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?

Blurryface shoes tutorial?!??!!?

Hey guys! Someone asked me to do a tutorial for my Blurryface shoes and I thought it was a great idea, so here it is!

What you’ll need:

  • A pair of white shoes
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A 1mm fabric pen
  • A set of different brushes (i only use size 2 and 10 though)
  • Fabric paint for light fabrics (red, black, yellow)
  • Fabric paint for dark fabrics (white)
  • Something to mix paint in
  • A glass of water

Where I buy my paint/brushes:

Let’s get started! :)

1. Draw a square on your shoe with pencil. Make sure the sides are equal. Keep in mind that you’re gonna write “twenty one pilots” above it and “blurryface” beneath it, so don’t make it too big. 

Then, find a good picture of the album and save that to your camera roll in your phone. Imagine that there is a square around the circles on the album. Then measure your square (mine was 6.5 cm) and zoom in on the picture in your phone so that the square you’ve imagined around the circles is as big as the square you’ve drawn. I literally measure on my phone with my ruler. I realized that this is hard to do without an iphone but there should be a way to print a photo of the album in the right size i think??

2. Measure the diameter of the circles on your phone. Make sure it doesn’t zoom out or all the measurements will be wrong. My circles’ diameter was 1.7 cm. Draw lines one diameter away from all the sides of the square. It should look like this:

Now you can see where the corner circles will go! 

3. Measure the distance between two circles in the same row. For me they’re 0.6 cm apart. Now draw 4 more lines 0.6 cm (in this case) away from the other ones. It should look like this:

4. Draw circles inside the 9 little squares. First with a pencil, then with fabric pen. Ta-da! Nice and even circles!

5. Time for the text! Let’s start with writing “twenty one pilots” above the circles. Draw a line that is a bit bigger than the middle circle, then write “pilots” on it with pencil. Start with the P and the S so you know you have enough space between the letters. All of the text you’ll write will have to be a bit bigger than it actually is on the album, I didn’t even measure my line or anything. Also dont worry about the line through the O’s yet, you’ll paint that with white paint later. 

6. Draw a longer line above “pilots” and write “twenty one” on it with pencil. Then color aroud the letters with fabric pen. It should look like this:

7. Do the same with “blurryface” under the circles. Again, don’t worry about the line through the letters, that comes later. That means you don’t have to draw the line through the A or the second line in the F. Fill in the spaces between the letters with fabric pen. It looks like this:

8. Draw the patterns inside the circles! I really don’t have a trick for this. You can draw some of the patterns with pencil first but I usually go straight to fabric pen. It’s looking good:

9. It’s painting time! Get your paint, brushes (size 10 and 2), something to mix the paint in and a glass of water. Mix a little red, yellow and just a tiny dot of black and paint the red circles with the small brush. Actually, if you don’t feel like mixing colors you don’t have to, I just do because I think it looks better. 

10. Paint the shoe black with the big brush until you get close to the circles, then use the small one. When you’re done with that it should look like this:

11. Use the size 2 brush to draw a line through “blurryface” without crossing the U and A. Draw the line through the O’s. If you want to, fill in the letters with white paint. YOU’RE DONE! CONGRATS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL SHOES.

If you paint a pair of shoes, please send me photos bc I’d love to see them. :)) That’s all I had to say, hope you find this useful!

- Clara

Buy or DIY: Be&D Big City Pump Silhouette Sneakers as seen on fashion blogs, celebrities and all over the internet. At the link you will see a large collection of these sneakers. DIY Your Own Pair: Use fabric paint on canvas high tops. The original sneakers were screen printed on canvas.


yooo i made these shoes for adam elmakias so could everyone please tag him in this post! I really wanna give them to him when he’s in sweden! elmakias i made u a thing


“Sea Creature In Space”

Spray paint, acrylic paint, fabric paint, metallic acrylic paint and metallic fabric paint on hand stretched vinyl wallpaper canvas. 2014

Painting Shirt Symbols (Freezer paper method)


  • Your shirt
  • Fabric paints and brushes
  • Freezer paper
  • Cutting board of some kind
  • An iron
  • A sharpie
  • An xacto knife
  • Optional hair dryer

For this tutorial I will be making my fantroll’s symbol shirt.

1. Get the symbol and upload it to a Word doc. Set the zoom to 87%. This is the exact width and height of a standard size piece of paper. (give or take a few millimeters)

EDIT: Wow i just realized that it totally depends on the size of your screen. On my screen it’s 87% but on yours it could be like… 70% or something.

Resize it to the preferred size. This is where the paper size comes in handy. You can simply hold up a piece of paper to the screen and judge the size from that.

Print it out.

2.  Tape the paper to something you can cut on with an xacto knife.

Get your freezer paper that was mentioned in the Materials Needed

Take a piece and cover the symbol.

Tape it to secure it. Make sure it’s nice and tight.

To make things easier you can trace over it with a sharpie or something so you can see better.

3.  Cut it out with the xacto knife. Make sure not to make any extra cuts in the paper!

You can throw away the cutouts…. or keep them. Doesn’t matter.

People are weird.

4. Get your shirt and put something inside so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

I have a screen printing shirt guard which has a waxy coating thing that prevents the paint from bonding to the guard.

Cardboard works too but you have to make sure when painting that you occasionally lift the shirt up from the cardboard so it doesn’t bond to the cardboard. It really sucks. It does.

5. Drape the freezer paper template over the shirt. Position it accordingly.

6. Get your iron. Make sure to have it on “NO STEAM”

LIGHTLY iron the freezer paper on the shirt. This means for only about 30 seconds or so. Just don’t iron it toooo much. But you also have to make sure to iron it enough.

7. Prepare the paints! Here are some examples of fabric paints. I highly recommend the “MATTE” paint over the “Slick" paint. And just stay away from ”puffy“. There’s also SOFT in a different bottle which is slightly better than MATTE. 

Slick has a hard feeling and shows brush strokes while matte, if you do it correctly, has a smooth feeling.   

*Note on acrylic paint: It cracks. It gives the same result as slick but doesn’t last.

Never use water based acrylic paint. Ever. IT DOESN’T WORK.

Get the color right.

8. Paint. Paint AWAY from the seams. NEVER TOWARDS.

Keep going. You might need a few coats of paint.

9. Take the freezer paper off before it dries completely. It’s pretty hard to do this after it dries unless you paint and then forget about it because you were on tumblr for an hour.

Throw the paper away. You can’t use it anymore.  


This is an example of not ironing the freezer paper enough. This is also an example of painting towards the seams opening it and letting paint get through.

It sucks but we gotta live with it. While it’s still wet you can use your fingernail or a knife to scrape off the top layer of paint. It will still show but luckily we have something for that. 

Please if you messed up on a shirt that is not black do NOT touch it. You lose. Good day sir.

Onto the next step!

10. To quickly dry it use a hair dryer. Do that for a little bit. Get all up in its business. Dry that thing.


Now’s a good time to look at yourself in the mirror and admire your luxurious mustache that you put on your mirror. 

Lightly feel if it’s dry.

Yep it’s dry.

11. Now to fix your mistake if you made one. Which I hope you didn’t. It really sucks. For black shirts just simply get a sharpie and color over the mistake. You can also use black paint but why. Just why. MORE paint?! 


Looks alright to me!

A lot of people have asked how I got the cross pattern on the skirt and sleeves so uniform.  It was actually very simple: I made a rubber stamp! 

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I made a paper template the shape and size of the design I wanted, then traced it onto a hard rubber eraser. I then carefully cut away from around the design with a box cutter, removing half the thickness of the eraser (not all the way through). And voila!

To use the eraser, I found it more effective to paint a thin layer of fabric paint onto the eraser with a brush than to dip it into a tray of paint like you would with an ink stamp.  Painting it on with a brush ensured it wasn’t on too thick and minimized bleed when I transferred it to the fabric.  A few of them at the start didn’t have enough paint, but that’s easy to touch up with a brush afterwards.

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Every so often I had to stop and use the box cutter to cut away some of the paint that had built up and dried on the edges/corners of the stamp to make sure that the design remained the same.  But otherwise, that’s it!  This stamp sped up the processes enormously–it only took me about 3 hours to paint the entire skirt and both sleeves, and that includes the time spent making the stamp.  Hope this trick saves some of you some time as well!