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Topic: HELP! My sharpie designs are rubbing off and I don't know how to fix them!  (Read 2027 times)
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« on: May 01, 2006 10:14:33 PM »

I need help!!! I painted a pair of beige slip-on sneakers with three coats of white fabric paint, and then drew on them in silver sharpie. They looked awesome, but then I was worried about the silver rubbing off, so then I scotchguarded them. BUT I just wore them, and the sharpie turned into one big silver smudge blob where my pant legs rubbed!!! What can I put on them to make the sharpie stick to the fabric paint? Mod podge? Some other kind of spray? I'm totally stuck for ideas!!! I'm going to have to repaint them and try something else because they look like crap!

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006 03:55:35 AM »

sharpie is not designed for this use.  try using a fabric paint pen instead.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 10:37:00 AM »

Thanks! I saw the fabric paint pens, but then thought that if a silver sharpie would do the trick on fabric, then it would do the trick on fabric paint too. So wrong! I guess there's no alternative but to shell out.

« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2006 10:37:16 AM »

Acrylic paint would probably work.  Some people mix it with a fabric paint medium to turn it into fabric paint, but quite frankly, I have tried acrylic paint both with and without the medium and I can't tell the difference;  it's been permanent on fabric for me so far.  I think it would be cheaper then buying a pen, but you need a sturdier hand.

On a side note, the make a Sharpie mark called "Rub-a-Dub" and it's supposed to be permanent, even through washings.  I have black (for a random thing that never got too much rub or washing) and I have let to see a different color, but I never looked.  And... I cannot vouch for how well it does or does not stay on.  But just so you know....    Smiley

« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2006 09:46:27 AM »

I'm with the person who said acrylic. All of my skirts and shirts (that I make both for myself and my etsy store) use acrylic paint without the fabric medium and they're permanent and never smudge. (for silver, since it is metallic and might need extra help holding, I'd use the fabric medium too. It's usually in the same isle as the acrylic I use- $0.83 per bottle, Darice or Applie Barrel or something in a similar bottle.)

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