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02 May 2014 - 09:47113183
Using an airbrush on leggings
Hi all

So you may have noticed my Vanellope costume is back on for October! Wheeee!

I've been looking over various tutorials, and I was wondering if anyone had any experience painting tights or airbrushing? I've got my airbrush on order, and basically my plan is thus;

1) Create flat cardboard cutouts to the contours of my legs
2) Use Frogtape to mask out the areas I need to stay white
3) Use airbrush to gently mist with watered down Dylon fabric dye until I get the right shade
4) Run a line of acrylic paint (with more Frogtape) up the white, to create lines of colour.



As you can see, the sharpness of the lines is key. I have seen many Vanellopes who attach ribbon to tights, but I wasn't happy with the ruched effect it gave.

Has anyone had any experience a) airbrushing or b) painting leggings?

Edited: I meant to say leggings, not tights!


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Last edited by LewaKyser (02 May 2014 - 16:15)
02 May 2014 - 10:51113186
I've never airbrushed, but I have painted on tights for my Cammy costume. That's acrylic paint on thick dance tights, and we managed to get pretty crisp edges on it by painting carefully while I was wearing them. If you're using tights you're really going to need to wear them and have someone else paint, unless you're an extremely skilled contortionist! The paint also seeped through on to my actual legs and made them a bit tricky to take off, I had to wait until they were completely 100% dry which took over an hour of not being able to sit down or walk unless I imitated John Wayne.

Personally I'm not sure tights are the best base for this, though. They look completely opaque and more like leggings to me, and you could certainly do the horizontal stripes by sewing in panels. Lycra fabrics will take paint a lot better than tights as well.


02 May 2014 - 16:14113190
Quote Mighty Odango:
I've never airbrushed, but I have painted on tights for my Cammy costume. That's acrylic paint on thick dance tights, and we managed to get pretty crisp edges on it by painting carefully while I was wearing them. If you're using tights you're really going to need to wear them and have someone else paint, unless you're an extremely skilled contortionist! The paint also seeped through on to my actual legs and made them a bit tricky to take off, I had to wait until they were completely 100% dry which took over an hour of not being able to sit down or walk unless I imitated John Wayne.

Personally I'm not sure tights are the best base for this, though. They look completely opaque and more like leggings to me, and you could certainly do the horizontal stripes by sewing in panels. Lycra fabrics will take paint a lot better than tights as well.


I probably should mention I actually bought leggings for this, not tights! :S They've arrived today and are nowhere near as shiny as I expected them to be, and (not checking the label as they're nowhere near me) I believe they're totally cotton.

I am going to try to do this without wearing them as I don't really have anyone else to paint for me, but if it goes horribly wrong the leggings were only £3 delivered off eBay so we shall see!


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