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From: HeatherL
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:00 PM (1 of 11)
I recently picked up a book of kid-design transfers. They're great--they can be used as templates for appliques or embroidery, stenciling or painting. I'd like to paint one of the designs on the back of a child's denim jacket. My question is...what kind of paint should I use for clothing? Would a plain acrylic be a bad idea? It seems that "fabric paints" is limited to those damned squeeze bottles (which I simply CANNOT control neatly!). Should I use those with a paintbrush, or are there other products out there? What should I use??
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:05 PM (2 of 11)
If I was you, I would go to a fabric/craft store and look at all the different painting products. I have done some painting on fabric and have always used fabric paint. There are many different kinds out there. I have used the ones in the little bottles by putting the paint on a paper plate and used a stencil brush.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:20 PM (3 of 11)
Fabric paint comes in jars, bottles and pens these days. If you're more comfortable using a brush, use one...I do..and I LOVE the pens too.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:34 PM (4 of 11)
They do have a medium that you can put on fabric to use the acrylic on fabric. It is usually sold with the actylics. It doesn't change the color just helps the paint stay on the fabric.

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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:34 PM (5 of 11)
There used to be a product called fabric medium. It was added to acrylic paints to make them softer on fabric. I have looked for it recently @Jo Anns & Wal Mart but didn't find it. I plan on checking out Micheal's as soon as I get a chance. My DGSs want to paint T shirts with some foam stamps I got. I am going to try for Friday since they will be spending the afternnoon with me.
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From: allie-oops
Date: 05-04-2005, 04:10 PM (6 of 11)
If you want good control, try the fabric dye pens. Or paint pens. I use all kinds of different paints on fabric....think about it...what do you do with those jeans you wore while painting your bathroom? Mostly just wear them to paint other rooms, lol. The paint doesn't come out easily.

I have found the textile medium, that you add to acrylic paint to use on fabric, at Joann's. It's in the same display as the acrylic paints. I would use that and some paintbrushes, for a jean jacket. It might be hard to cover the fabric with the fabric dye pens.
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From: Magot
Date: 05-04-2005, 05:07 PM (7 of 11)
I have painted with acrylic on fabric - I was painting a graphic design on a flag for use in church. Painted onto a lovely flowing acetate it set as hard as a rock - acrylic is a plastic based paint and unless you want a hard finish I would not use it on a garment. Having said that, I have never used the texuriser that softens it that was mentioned in previous posts. Short of spending out and making test swatches to see if you like the finish - I would go with the fabric paints - they can be painted on quite easily. If you use the fabric pens you can get good solid block covering provided that you use new pens. Using old pens is very similar to trying to colour in with old felt pens - very streaky. I'm not sure how well the colours blend in a pen. I think you need to imagine that the colour and effect you get on paper is what you will get on fabric. Test. Test. Test.
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-09-2005, 12:59 PM (8 of 11)
Jan, can't you thin the paints to make a more flexible application?
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-09-2005, 01:22 PM (9 of 11)
Check out the Delta line.. They have a line called starlite and it is dye not acrylic paint.. It is great for painting on fabric.. starlight means it has a touch of something that makes it almost (not quite ) sparkle .. Great for sweatshirts and t's ..
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From: Magot
Date: 05-09-2005, 02:39 PM (10 of 11)
Acrylic can be thinned to make it more like watercolours but it doesn't give as intense a colour.
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From: Sancin
Date: 05-10-2005, 04:33 AM (11 of 11)
Heather, there are several lines of paint specifically for painting on fabric. It took me a long time to discover the thing I really like about sewing and quilting is colour. So I got into fabric painting (and flower pounding which is fun).

Check out the following - have paints and excellent instructions on different techniques.

You may also want to consider crayons for children's designs. Do a Google search for sites near you. And check out the FAQ before you commit yourself. Good luck and let us know how you make out. :bluesmile

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