Would painting a bodysuit work for this?

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#1 WingsofAngels48 on 2 years ago

I'm thinking about cosplaying Allura from the voltron remake:

Would it work to buy a bodysuit and paint all the details on or would that likely be a disaster and I should just sew it it? I'd really appreciate if anyone who's had experience with this sort of thing could give some advice <3

#2 Penlowe on 2 years ago

picture isn't there

#3 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

Definitely post a reference photo so we know what version you're talking about. I happen to know Voltron so I'm guesssssssing you're talking about her S1/S2 battle suit, so I'll speak to that.

The first major concern is what kind of fabric your base suit is, because that'll make a HUGE difference about what will work. My advice below will all be related to my experience painting my own spandex ones/helping friends with theirs.

Painting on bodysuits... sorta works. The trick is to paint key areas while you're wearing it, or with it pre-stretched out, particularly in sections where there will be a lot of stretch or movement (like the thighs, or the upper arms).

The other key is the type of paint you use. Regular craft acrylic or things of that sort will NOT work, because they'll bleed through and crack/chip when you stretch or move at all. (It can make a cool effect, like on my friend's [URL="https://www.facebook.com/BirdKingCosplay/photos/a.910493108983847.1073741831.906656266034198/1520114491355036/?type=3&theater"]Bioshock plaster slicer[/URL], but that's not what you want here). Even using fabric medium with acrylic paints in this scenario isn't super great. You need something flexible, like proper fabric paint, but that'll still make materials slightly stiffer and stretch less if you paint it without stretching the area during the drying process.

One method might be to stencil/paint the symbols or color blocks while it's flat, stretch it, and then touch it up/do another coat while you've got it on or stretched. Then you know it won't get messed up more when you put it on!

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