Fabric Paint Help Please!!

I want to do some stencilling on both black and white t shirts. Any suggestions as to which brand of paint to use??
Also I've heard of 'paint mediums' which mix with acrylic paints on a 2:1 (acrylic to medium mixer) to turn them into fabric paints. Anyone know whether they work??

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7 replies since 24th October 2011 • Last reply 24th October 2011

Dylon Fabric paint is one i have been useing for years and have infact been using tonight i highly recomend it.

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I used plain old craftsmart acrylic paint medium for both of the below projects. It worked perfectly! The only thing to remember is that once you wash your fabric for the first time it will fade a little, This can be minimized by washing inside out and in cold water. The colors haven't faded since the very first wash I did. Good luck on your project! Be sure and upload a picture once you finish. Happy

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/lined-paper-tee
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/painted-doily-tee

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Thanks Felicity and Lexi =] I'm new to this stencilling business and where I am it's pretty expensive to get a decent sized jar of paint so I want good quality if i'm going to pay for it, lol.
For rainbow colours the paint mediums sound like a good idea, but for black and white I think i'll stick to dylon.

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i saw (but haven't tried yet) a watermark type of stencil. you use clear school glue to draw your picture, let it dry and then dye it. washing removes the glue and leaves white behind! i can find the how-to if you'd like.

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I think the medium you're talking about is like GAC (some number)?

and you mix it with acrylic paints and it turns into fabric paint?
I read up on it cos I really wanted to screenprint with cheap acrylics


but in the end it was really hard to find so I opted to get jars of screenprinting ink and split with my friend ($4/jar = $2 of each colour)

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I usually use Tulip fabric paints. They aren't too pricy and they come in matte, glossy, and puffy (which puffs up when you take wax or parchment paper and iron over the paint when it is almost completely dry).

Also, make sure the shirts or anything else you stencil on to are thick enough fabrics that the paints won't bleed through. If they do, your shirt or fabric is going to stiffen a lot, even after washing it.

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Thanks Everyone, I've invested in some dylon =] I hadn't thought about the thickness of the t shirt (just as well I haven't bought any yet)

@Lacey I'd love it if you could find the tutorial but if you can't don't worry. Thanks

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