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« on: June 08, 2014 05:57:52 AM »

hi everyone,

i'm sure i'm not the only one this happens to . . . i'm not too shabby at painting things and so i keep getting requests for things i've never done before.  such is my current situation.

i've been asked to paint an aisle runner for a wedding.  it will be a large painted peony with monogram over it, in rather specific colors.  totally fine, right?

i'm not sure what paint i should use!  i'm most comfortable with acrylics, but i'm worried that painting a large flower on the fabric will cause problems.  when the paint dries will it shrink up the fabric?  will it cause ripples?  is there another paint i can use?  she said she's used martha stewert paints for other portions, so i know they come in hwe colors - would those be beter to use?  fyi - her mother is making the aisle runner and she wants in in the middle - so failing is out of the question.

i'm just really nervous about it, and i've got so many other commissions that i don't have the spare time to test a bunch of paints or mess this one up.  any and all advise welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014 11:20:38 AM »

I like the Martha Stewart fabric paints.  They work well and if I remember correctly you can use them on a lot of other surfaces as well. 
I suggest making sure the fabric is pulled taught while paining and drying to cause less problems. 
And if you are unsure try a test piece to make sure and play with it to see which way works best.
But I don't think you have anything to worry about.  Painting on fabric is not as bad as it seems.   Grin
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