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« on: December 16, 2007 08:55:56 PM »

i've read through almost 9 pages of posts and still have a few questions. i've read about people using plain fabric paint to stencil with or acrylic paint with a medium. which one works better? which doesn't fade or peel as easliy as another? which brands work the best and where would i buy them at? i have a walmart, a joanns, a michaels and a hobby lobby all right by me. (lucky me!! Smiley )i wanted to try and get some shirts done for xmas but i can't do em til i find out about paints cuz i don't wanna screw everything up. thanx!

« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 10:48:43 PM »

I use fabric paint for all of my stuff... never tried the other one so this may not totally help you. but I found that just putting the fabric paint on top of the fabric is not the best for longevity. I use a very thin paintbrush to work the paint into the fabric, nothings cracked or peeled. I even did this to one of those pillowcases you're supposed to color with crayons and heat set, because the first time I washed it, the crayon washed out. anyways, I sleep on the painted side and it is a teeeny bit stiff, but still in good cindition.

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 07:05:38 AM »

i avoid regular fabric paint and go with acrylic/textile medium. For some reason the fabric paint tends to peel fairly quickly. (not to mention acrylics come in soooo many more colors Grin

« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008 10:26:25 AM »

I'm glad I found this- helped a little- but I still have more questions. Ok- if I'm using acrylic paint- does it have to be acrylic paint or acrylic craft paint. & whats this medium? Like something you add to the paint that is specifically for textiles & would I find it probably next to the acrylics? I really want to do this- so your help is greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008 10:44:55 AM »

Just acrylic craft paint will work. Most craft stores have the textile medium with the craft paint, with all the sealers and varnishes. Textile medium just makes the paint like a fabric paint, cause regular paint will just mostly wash out. Just make sure to follow the directions on the bottle to heat set the paint in the fabric.
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2008 10:03:24 AM »

I have used both acrylic-with-medium and fabric paint. I have found that acrylic-with-medium can be more transparent than fabric paint. This is only really a problem if you are painting white or a light color on black and you want it to be really solid. Acrylic without a medium will flake off over time, I would recommend using the fabric medium. I personally prefer fabric paint because it is very easy to work with. I use the Jacquard brand. They make transparent(ish) and opaque paints and they have a great line of metallics which look AMAZING. I have found them at local art stores, I haven't seen any at Joann's or Michael's but I haven't really looked for them there. They run about $3 US a 2.5 oz bottle (a little more for the metallics), which will go a LONG way.
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