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« on: August 13, 2005 11:15:28 AM »

I want to make this shirt using stencils (possibly) and lots of funky colors, but I'm rather short on money/lazy and am trying to use as many things as I can that I already have. We have a bunch of wall paint lying in our shed from when we painted the house, and lots of awesome colors. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using wall paint to decorate shirts? I wouldn't think it would be too different, but I was wondering if anyone had done it before and if so, if they had any tips/percautions in doing so. I've tried it on shorts once, but I wasn't too careful in doing them, so that doesn't count.

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2005 11:17:10 AM »

umm... i haven't done this... well, i was painting walls for my mom, and got white paint on my pajama pants, and it's still there and refuses to wash out. so, i bet the paint would stay. if you get a stenchil brush (round head, bristles are all even and flat) and used that, i bet it would work really well.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2005 11:39:30 AM »

I don't think it would wash out or anything, but it may be pretty stiff.  I think you'd be better off with acrylics or fabric paint, but you could always test it out on a shirt you don't care about.  Let us know how it turns out!
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2005 02:42:12 PM »

I was a professional painter on a paint crew last summer and i was always covered in wall paint. it might work but it will crack if layered on thick and it will make the fabric stiff as anything. AFter a few washes it sort of becomes one with the fabric, but im not too sure how well it would do if you were trying to paint something definite with definite lines, i only know about big splashes of paint all over my clothes.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2005 02:46:18 PM »

yeah, i would pick up some acrylic paint and some fabric medium.  it's usually under $1 a bottle, sometimes you can find it for more like 50 cents a bottle.  you'd be really bummed out if you took the time to stencil some stuff and then the paint didn't work out right.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2005 07:19:53 PM »

I think you would probably be okay using the house paint.  For extra permanency you could turn your clothes inside out and heat-set them with an iron.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2005 02:47:40 PM »

It'll make the shirt stiff and scratchy. And it might chip a bit when you wash it. not much.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2005 10:06:55 PM »

Just thin the paint alittle.  Make sure you have something like cardboard between the front and back.  And yes it will be alittle stiff.  But thined out ,  might not be as stiff.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2005 06:08:49 AM »

I've used it... has to dry for a long time, but looks really cool. I've become addicted to using spray paint though, so... yeah. I <3 spray paint.
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