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« on: June 26, 2008 06:33:18 AM »

I have a canvas tote bag that I bought on sale, and well, it's pretty blah. I'm really wanting to decorate it, but I'd rather not have to buy fabric paints. Can I use regular acrylic paint on canvas? Do I need to seal it? And will it be all stiff and crackly, or is there something I can do to prevent that? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, and if this would fit better in a different board, just let me know and I'll move it. Thank you!!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008 06:05:01 AM »

I just did a canvas tote using acrylics so I highly recommend it. I first used gesso on the area I wanted to paint and then sanded it, that helps it from getting too stiff and also removes all those little lumps you invaribly get. I then used my acrylics on it and sealed it with matte modge podge which came out a little glossier than I thought it would but the flash from my camera makes it look glossier than it really is.


Would love to see yours when you get it done.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008 09:26:24 AM »

Wow, that is awesome! Thanks for the advice, that really helps. My plans are nowhere near that cool and detailed.... I'm wanting to make a Hello Kitty purse, with different things, like patches and buttons, and paint, but I'll definitely post when I finish it. Again, appreciate the help!
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008 10:43:03 AM »

babbetto that's very pretty

I've seen something that you can mix into acrylic paints to use on fabric, I think that you could wash it after heat setting it. You might check your craft store to see if they have something like that... wish I could remember the brand name for it. It used to be in the aisle with the acrylic paints
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008 06:58:58 PM »

I paint these Canvas Purses for a living, as well as alot of other things....horse equipment ect.
I use an acrylic "airbrush paint" called Createx. It soaks into the fabric more like an ink, and does not make the fabric stiff.. You really should mix some fabric medium in whatever paint you use. If your bag gets wet or you want to wash it later on it will bleed...

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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2008 12:55:15 AM »

You can get fabric medium pretty cheap.  I've painted a couple of totes with cheap acrylic paint mixed with some fabric medium and have had great results.  Washed it with no problems, no cracking.  I would recommend just to be safe washing inside out and hanging to dry.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009 01:10:40 PM »

I was actually just thinking of trying this.  Now that i've seen the results and what to mix with it I will jump on into the project with you all! 
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