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« on: October 17, 2010 10:22:18 PM »

My halloween costume has ground to a halt. I decided to use textile paint on the acetate satin prom dress like I did for my anglerfish costume last year and though I hand painted everything I had no problems. This year I was intending to do Tracy's roach dress from Hairspray:


All went fine on my test piece of fabric using the iron on freezerpaper stencil technique:

It bled a little, but nothing I couldn't accept, you know? Then I started doing it on the dress and it bled SO MUCH:

It's unsalvageable and I'm beside myself. I already got a new pink dress so now I'm determined to find a paint I can use that won't do this to me (and at least now I have this dress to continue to test on. Will acrylic be thick enough to not seep you think? Anything a little less stiff than acrylic maybe? I would use fabric paint but I can only find it in the store in the tiniest tubes imaginable. Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance. I'm so upset, augh.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 11:05:18 PM »

you could try acrylic with fabric paint medium, that might work....

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 11:07:58 PM »

I'm sorry to hear about this... because it is such an awesome costume!! I also wanted to do this for Halloween this year... but had no idea how to accomplish it... My only suggestion is to use fabric paint... if you have a walmart close to you.. try there- I know the one here sells the larger bottles of fabric paint. I usually use acrylic mixed with a fabric medium also and I've never had any problems with it that way either... or you could always try acrylic paint alone. test a few different techniques and see which works best!!!

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010 11:58:30 PM »

I'd probably try and save the dress you've started - add more blobs of watered down textile paint and have it as a tie-dye (almost) background with roaches on top.

Good luck with it!
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010 12:04:27 AM »

I would try and salvage the dress too, if you can find matching fabric, you could put a patch over the roach..sew it down well and put fusable interfacing behind the patch.

the best fabric paint imho is the stuff designed for screen printing, it has a jellylike texture and I have never had those kinds of problems.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010 05:41:42 AM »

IDK if its the lighting, but I think the method ur using gives the roaches a shadow that makes them look 3d...but that might just be my imagination. The only think I could think of would involve puff paint, 'cause Ive never stenciled before...sorry...
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010 06:32:45 AM »

What do you mean by textile paint? 
I agree with the posts above that acrylic with textile medium has always worked well for me.

I also agree with the comment about screen printing ink. 

My last question is have you tried going in with detergent and a brush around the bleed area?  If the paint was water based and only the littlest bit of fluid bleed then you might be able to scrub it out. 

Good luck.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010 06:33:43 AM »

Puff paint WOULD be less likely to bleed...

But could you block the area around the stencil? I know this makes for a lot of work, but make a reverse stencil and iron that down on the fabric. Then melt down some wax and paint that on over the roach, let it cool, then pain with your normal fabric medium. You'd have to melt the wax off afterwards. Kind of like batiking?
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010 08:37:34 AM »

I would defintely try acrylic paint mixed with medium....But to help too with the bleeding I would make two copies of your freezer paper stencil and iron one on the front and line one up to match on the inside of the dress.....your less likely to have any bleeding. Hope this helps....I'd still try on a test bit of fabric first. Good Luck!
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010 10:23:56 AM »

if its a halloween costume and will have limited wear you could try spray paint maybe?
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