This is an exciting topic for those of us who like to add a bit of zip to our wardrobe. Painting on clothes is not new but there are new styles and techniques evolving on a regular basis. Creating wearable art is a wonderful way to express your style and personality by applying it to your wardrobe.
There are numerous fabric paints on the market today. Although many may be used interchangeably, there are some techniques that require a specific type of paint to effectively achieve specific results. Your paint choices would greatly depend on the look you would like to have with the fabric you are painting on.
Once you learn how to paint on clothes or begin painting on fabrics, it’s as though all other mediums take a second place. Painting fabrics can become a great (almost addictive) hobby and with a little practice perhaps a lucrative one. One of the great things about this type of painting is that it is something you can do from the privacy of your home. Another benefit is that it can be done indoors or outdoors using a small amount of space.
Creating a custom fabric is ideal for the startup or the seasoned artist. The use of wet paint on fabric is somewhat liberating as any little mistake you may encounter can be fixed; whether wet or dry. If the acrylic paint is wet then you may scoop it up and paint over it. If it is dry, you can also paint over it to make it appear as an original part of the design.
One of the first things I notice about the comments people make regarding my hand painted designs is the textured surface. Instinctively they run their fingers across the surface. Then I’m asked, ‘how do you get your paint to look like that?’ Of course I know that they are asking me to explain how to paint with texture.