4 fabric painting techniques

Make patterns on your fabrics.

This is the kind of thing you might want to do eventually. It's pretty inevitable in the world of cosplay making: The question marks on the Riddler's suit, the R on Team Rocket jerseys, the different designs on Link's tunic…

And depending on the costume, the look you want to give… and the time you have in your hands, you really have a plethora (yes, yes, plethora – you didn't expect to read that word today, right?) ways to make patterns, designs and illustrations on your fabric.

The most classic way is painting. So, I thought I'd make a small overview of the 4 most used techniques.

Painting is within everyone's reach

It’s true that there are paints made specifically for fabric. But to be honest, I just use acrylic. It's not too expensive, and it's easy to use. I really like the brand Folk Art*. There's a super wide variety of colors, and there's even options metallic*, shimmer*, and a range Color Shift* with 2 color shimmer effects (that's pretty cool).

If you want, you can add fabric medium*. It's not always essential, but it helps to give a softer texture to your paint (thus, softer to your fabric too).

With medium, your paint spreads better. If it spreads better, you put less. And if you put less, it's less thick, and there's less chance of it cracking afterwards.

When it comes to brushes, I like soft tips, but too soft. However, very stiff, short-haired brushes are also handy for tapping your fabric.

The important thing is that your brush is of good enough not to lose its bristles. There's nothing worse than trying to pick up a hair in fresh paint (and smudginf everything along the way).

1. . .stenciled