Painting on fabric

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#1 eebee on 2 years ago

Hello all! I am working on Rakan from League of Legends, and I'm looking for some tips on painting fabric, specifically for the detailing on the back of his feathers:


I already have a plan for creating the feathers themselves, and some successful test feathers. The fabric is a jersey knit on a sturdy 2-sided fusible interfacing. The fabric has a good color and adheres very well to the interfacing, so I'd like to stick with it. I've seen some people use spray paint to create the details on Rakan's feathers, but the edges seem fuzzy and the color rather flat, so I'm hoping to find a better option. Can any of you experienced folks recommend anything for fabric painting that might get this job done? Does acrylic tend to work on knits (keeping in mind the fabric will not be stretching at all), or is there something else I should look into?


#2 Penlowe on 2 years ago

Painting on fabric turning out well has 3 factors: paint, fabric base, and technique.

Paint: use paints that are intended for fabric OR you can mix fabric medium into them (any craft or acrylic+ fabric medium). There are fabric paints that come in spray cans (Design Master is one brand name).

Fabric base: this is less about the fiber of the base and more about you adhering it to a surface or stretching it over a form or some other way of keeping in from wrinkling, flopping, or floating away in a breeze while still wet. Secure the fabric on something so it can be painted and dry there. Be sure there is something like waxed paper or plastic wrap underneath if you are brush painting and the fabric will be saturated.

Technique: this is the hard part. You can read tutorials all day but if you don't test out and then practice the techniques you won't know which one is best for you. Practice, practice, practice.