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From: Debbie Hebron
Date: 10-24-2003, 05:25 PM (1 of 4)
Just wanted to know about fabric painting. Anyone have some tips on getting started. I have never done this before.
User: Debbie Hebron
Member since: 10-23-2003
Total posts: 17
From: mamahoogie
Date: 10-24-2003, 07:06 PM (2 of 4)
I'm no expert but I have done some fabric painting - if you mean the type that looks like tole painting. You can use the same patterns that the tole painters use or try one of the fabric transfer books - or draw your own. You need stiff brushes that are designed for fabric and either fabric paint or tole paint mixed with fabric medium. Tole paint without the fabric medium mixed in with it will not wash out - that's not the point of it - but the fabric will be stiff under the paint. The medium keeps the fabric soft. Other than that, it's exactly like tole painting. Do your base coat, then shade and hi-lite as required.
Have fun
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: allie-oops
Date: 10-28-2003, 03:35 AM (3 of 4)
Hmmm...well, it all depends on what you're painting, and what result you want. I've used fabric paints, and usually water them down so I don't end up with so much stiffness - but that also makes them bleed, so I paint with a blowdryer in my other hand, drying it as I go to minimize bleeding. You can actually use ANY kind of paint - latex works just fine too, even watered down. When I want to retain the softness of the fabric, I use fabric markers or crayon. I made a whole quilt with fabric markers, turned out great and hasn't faded yet!

I mostly learned by doing, plunging in and experimenting. However, there are tons of wonderful books on this, check your local library.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 10-30-2003, 08:17 PM (4 of 4)
Delta has a line of paint that is subtitled starlight dye for dark fabrics.. It is really dye but acts just like paint.. it is soft on fabric, not stiff and hard like acrylic paint... I love it.. Jones tones are also fabric paints that are soft on the fabric also..I love the Delta best , and all you have to do to heat set it is 20 minutes in dryer...I have been painting t-shirts and sweat shirts with this paint for at least 14 years...(first one I did was "I survived Hurricane Hugo") That is why I remember so vividly when I did it..:bg: :bg:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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