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22 Oct 2013 - 15:19108387
Darkening fabric, and painting it.
I'm working on a costume, namely Warhammer 40k's The Redeemer, and I have a few issues that need to be resolved.

1. The only fabric I could get for the robe was the wrong shade of red. It's a bit too bright. Is there any way I can darken it, or will I just have to make do?

2. The fabric paint I bought to add the flames isn't working. It's to thin, and doesn't show up at all. However, regular acrylic paint works just fine, but I'm worried about how well it will stick to the fabric and survive if it rains, which it almost certainly will.

Anyway, here he is, just so you know what I'm going for.

Thanks in advance.

22 Oct 2013 - 16:08108393
You can actually buy fabric paint to use on dark fabrics now. I know hobby craft has it but you can probably find it cheaper, so that's worth knowing for future projects.

If your fabric is a natural fibre like cotton, you can dye it with coffee to darken the shade. Here's a link


Hope this helps a bit with your problem

22 Oct 2013 - 18:11108397
I don’t have much fabric painting experience but acrylic paints are waterproof as long as they have had an hour to dry. The paint doesn’t seem to survive being put through the washing machine so well though so bear this in mind if you are planning to reuse this costume at multiple events.

As for darkening the fabric you could also try using tea as I found this gave a slightly darker stain when dying some white bandages for my Scarecrow costume. It probably depends on which brands of tea/coffee you are using though.

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