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« on: July 02, 2008 02:52:50 PM »

I want to either slipcover or reupholster a big comfy chair.  I can't find the upholstery fabric I want anywhere.   Tongue

What I want is a white background with medium or large flowers.  I am thinking of using a big ol' black Sharpie permanent marker to draw flower shapes.  It will look like a coloring book picture - thick black outlines with room to color in.  Then, I'll color in the flowers with different reds, blues and yellows.

SO: should I use acrylic paints,   Huh or permanent markers for the colors?

Should I consider using a lightweight canvas?  I thought about white denim, too. 

What do YOU advise?  Thanks for all the help!

« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2008 06:49:11 AM »

I used leftover denim for a painting, just required more gesso than canvas is all. I'd treat your particular project like a wearable though.

Any good acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed in will do (just follow the directions on the medium). Fabric medium makes the paint remain flexible, which for furniture is good. Try a small sample before doing your big piece though, if it is too plasticky for your tastes you might want to go with dye. You can paint with fabric dye as though it were watercolor paints (which means painting the fabric before sewing/ upholsturing the chair, it will need to be flat). Dye painting will require more practice ahead, but will definately give you a beautiful final product.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008 11:16:05 AM »

Thanks, Penlowe!  I didn't know about the fabric medium, and will be going to an art supply store.  Nice to know what to ask about!

When painting the fabric with dye, is there any danger of dye transfer to a person's clothing when they sit in the chair?  I would hate to ruin someone's pants!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008 02:05:12 PM »

Dye will take more steps in the before-it-gets-on-the-chair, but will be plenty permanent once it's there.  Most dyes need to be heat set, i.e. run through a hot water washer & dryer. If you want a crisp, pure white among your colored portions you will need a more experienced person than I, everything I've done it didn't matter if the dye went evrywhere.
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