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Painting on Fabric

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chuck's Know-Hows

We are often asked for recommendations on painting on to fabric. Most acrylic paints are suitable for fabric surfaces, we stock both tubes of heavy body acrylic, bottles of fluid acrylic and markers filled with fluid acrylic that work great on fabrics.

We have recently put some to the test - you can check out our samples in store.

We chose a very dark denim with stretch to test the products to their full capacity. For our sample shown here we used a Ironlak Basic Acrylic Set (you can also buy individual tubes here) and Ironlak Fluid Acrylic.

We applied the paint with a brush, but Fluid Acrylic can also be put into an empty marker, or purchased as a pre made marker here.

We were impressed with the coverage on dark fabrics, even colours like bright red covered well without any base white coat. We found the tubes of acrylic were a little more flexible on the stretch fabric than the fluid acrylic, though both performed well.

Once completely dry we heat set the design - we used an iron for a few minutes on the back side of the fabric, and on the front covering over the painted section with a light tea towel. A hair dryer or tumble drier could also be used.

We have washed our samples a couple of times in a regular wash cycle with no effect on the design.