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12 Jul 2012 - 14:4087489
Fabric Painting
Hi Guys,
I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers about fabric painting. Such as:

. What is the best fabric to buy?
. What sort of fabric paint should I get? I hear acrylic is quite good.
. Any useful hints or techniques you guys use

I've never done this before, and I REALLY wanna get it right

Thanks in advance


12 Jul 2012 - 16:1787492
It depends what you want to paint really. i have only used fabric paint on polycotton and on a hoody.

I have used acrylic gold paint which worked fine just need a steady hand ><

I have also used Dylon fabric paints. including 3d on spandex/stretch jersey.

Dylon is great as it is fast drying and with the hoody (I used it for my Scarlet Spider hoody) It was great, nice strong black colour

The 3d paint was only for webbing on spidersuits which need to be worn/stretched whilst being painted to make sure the paint doesn't crack when the fabric stretches

Hope that lil bit helps


14 Jul 2012 - 15:5287592
Really depends on what you're painting onto. Acrylic is brilliant stuff, as my school shirt is testimony to, but it won't take well to lycra like material and can bleed with other material types. I've not seen bleeding with acrylic on cotton like materials and you can paint straight onto it.

If you're painting on silky materials, it will bleed. You need to use silk paint and follow silk painting instructions (tutorial).

Lycra and latex, you need to use latex paint.

NOTE: I've never used Dylon's paints, so I don't know how they work. You may be able to use them on lycra suits as well, if they adhere to spandex.


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Last edited by NixieThePixie (14 Jul 2012 - 15:53)
15 Jul 2012 - 11:0687641
Quote NixieThePixie:
Really depends on what you're painting onto. Acrylic is brilliant stuff, as my school shirt is testimony to, but it won't take well to lycra like material and can bleed with other material types. I've not seen bleeding with acrylic on cotton like materials and you can paint straight onto it.

If you're painting on silky materials, it will bleed. You need to use silk paint and follow silk painting instructions (tutorial).

Lycra and latex, you need to use latex paint.

NOTE: I've never used Dylon's paints, so I don't know how they work. You may be able to use them on lycra suits as well, if they adhere to spandex.


I need it to paint the detail on the on Yuffie's Advent Children top.
I haven't brought the fabric for the top yet, so as of now I'm not entirely sure what type of fabric or paint I'll be using but thank you for all the advice


15 Jul 2012 - 22:1687686
Quote Yasmia:
Quote NixieThePixie:
Really depends on what you're painting onto. Acrylic is brilliant stuff, as my school shirt is testimony to, but it won't take well to lycra like material and can bleed with other material types. I've not seen bleeding with acrylic on cotton like materials and you can paint straight onto it.

If you're painting on silky materials, it will bleed. You need to use silk paint and follow silk painting instructions (tutorial).

Lycra and latex, you need to use latex paint.

NOTE: I've never used Dylon's paints, so I don't know how they work. You may be able to use them on lycra suits as well, if they adhere to spandex.


I need it to paint the detail on the on Yuffie's Advent Children top.
I haven't brought the fabric for the top yet, so as of now I'm not entirely sure what type of fabric or paint I'll be using but thank you for all the advice


I would go for a good quality cotton (like drill cotton or something) since it's white on black (or close to black). White acrylic would be best for it, since it's a lot easier to paint on and you can do several layers with it. Maybe also Dylon paints, but, again, I've never used them.


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18 Jul 2013 - 06:32105052
Spandex fabric
For fabric painting there are various of tools and methods you can find online. I use http://www.designeralleyfabrics.com/ for spandex fabric and till now have no problem with anything. Hope this works for you too.


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