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Topic: Pens & Techniques for Drawing on Fabric?  (Read 989 times)
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« on: December 15, 2011 09:47:53 AM »

I've been trying to draw on some small fabric items, but I can't find a medium that works. Sharpies and fabric markers bleed. Fabric paint pens turn out stiff and are too hard to use. I found some wonderful paper pens (i.e. they're meant for use on paper, not fabric) that give me just what I want, but they aren't colorfast and fade significantly in the wash (plus they're not the cheapest things in the world).

I need something that won't bleed, is flexible, and gives me plenty of artistic freedom - oh, and is colorfast. I might be able to use the paper pens I found, but I don't know how to make them colorfast (or even if I can).

Does anyone know of a product that would fit the bill (in the U.S. please)? Or at least a way to colorfast the paper pens?

BTW, the fabric I've been using most is cotton/poly, but I might like to try drawing on other fabrics too.

« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011 02:51:19 PM »

i recommend experimenting with painting, not drawing. "drawing with paint" if you will. i find using a drawing tool like paint pens, sharpies, are harder to control because the tip can get caught on and doesn't "flow as easy" across the surface of the fabric. brushes feel more smooth and free to me with fabric. try it out on swatches first, experiment, then try it out on your product. just an idea Wink
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012 08:37:40 AM »

I've done some painting on canvas bags and hats with acrylic and for one reason or another had to put a few through the wash. The paint softens up and is flexible without looking too washed out. I would try experimenting with your fabric and acrylic paints, see how the paint holds up after washing.

Here is something I've painted on canvas. This one hasn't been washed.

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