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Vicki posted on Tue, Jul 1 2014 11:30 AM

I have an idea for a quilt which would entail painting on the fabric.  By painting, I actually mean using pencils?, crayons?, pencils?, pens?, markers?.  I have never done this and I don't know what products work the best.  I want to be able to do some shading so permanent markers probably won't work.  I have no idea what to use.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Answered (Verified) gini replied on Thu, Jul 3 2014 6:53 PM
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There are paints just for fabric.  You can get dry paint you mix. Wet paint used just like oils that you can blend and there are paint sticks.  Crayolabrand crayons work we'll.   the type of paint you would use depends on what you are doing,  how detailed you want.

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I attended a lecture and have a book for this very thing. Creating children's artwork quilts by Shannon Gingrich Shirley. It covers using all different kind of markers and crayons to recreate your children's artwork from years past. Might be worth checking out. Good luck

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I used to paint on fabric back in woodcraft days. I used acrylic craft paint you can find at Joanne's, Michaels or any craft store. There is an "extender" you can add to the paint to make it a bit thinner so it flows well onto the fabric. 

It works really great. My daughter has a quilted tree skirt that I made at least 15 years ago. I painted Christmas scenes in the center of each block. 


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I found a couple of YouTube videos on Fabric Painting that might help

Fabric Painting - How to paint a free hand Border Design

and

How to Paint on Fabric

I didn't have time to watch them to see if they would be helpful to you or not.

I'd also recommend looking at the INTERWEAVE site. It's got lots of helpful information on mixed media and quilting and most of it is free.

I hope this helps!


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Answered (Verified) gini replied on Thu, Jul 3 2014 6:53 PM
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There are paints just for fabric.  You can get dry paint you mix. Wet paint used just like oils that you can blend and there are paint sticks.  Crayolabrand crayons work we'll.   the type of paint you would use depends on what you are doing,  how detailed you want.

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I saw on quilting arts one of the designers used acrylic's but she watered them down in order to give them a shading effect.  Wish I remember which show number it was for you.

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Mamagshouse Donna Gilliam:
I saw on quilting arts one of the designers used acrylic's but she watered them down in order to give them a shading effect.  

 

Craft acrylics do need to be "watered" down but not with water. Use an extender which will give it freer flow, extended drying time and also helps the paint soak into the fabric without bleeding. Gini is right, there are paints especially for fabric. I've never used them as I always had dozens of bottles of acrylics and a few drops of extender turned them into fabric paint. But, if you don't already have the acrylic paints, you could simply buy the paint made especially for fabrics.

Have fun with it and practice on scraps first.


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Thanks Judy I new she watered them down but I wasn't sure with what. 

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