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Topic: Thickening dye to paint on sheer fabric?  (Read 803 times)
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« on: April 14, 2013 09:39:02 AM »

Hopefully this is in the right place - I didn't see a designated spot for fabric painting.

I'm working on a costume that calls for a burnout fabric but I couldn't find one I liked. Instead, I'd like to try painting on a sheer fabric to get a similar effect. It became apparent very quickly, however, that I would need something beyond my standard Jo-Ann fabric paints in order to

1. Keep the paint from bleeding too much (no watercolor burnout!)
2. Be opaque instead of just dyeing the sheer
3. Keep the hand of the original fabric as much as possible. This needs to flow!

The fabric I purchased is a sheer blush rayon

I've been reading a lot about dyeing/painting techniques and though I've learned a lot I still haven't come up with a definitive answer.

Right now my two biggest contenders are trying dye-na-flow with an anti spread treatment over the entire fabric or thickening procion MX dyes to a paint-like consistency.

« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013 06:10:33 AM »

Both techniques will work. There is no one "right" way to paint on fabric, there's dozens!

If you're going for a specific look or quality, I suggest going to the library and looking through some "how to paint fabric" books. Some of them (Complex Cloth, maybe) have side by side examples of the different results from different techniques, you can pick the one that gives the results you want.

Or, you can experiment with the products that you already heave. But, the keyword here is "experiment"!

Or, make your own burnout fabric. ProChem has a kit

And a back issue of Threads magazine (fall 2012, not sure which month) has a tutorial for using a product called Fiber Etch to make burnouts.
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