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joyjoyness
01-19-2011, 11:06 PM
I want to cosplay Gakupo from Vocaloid aka the dancing Samurai :D This is what he looks like :D http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081002085227/vocaloid/images/d/d1/Gackpoid.jpg
For Gakupo's body suit O_o
Currently I dont have a sewing machine that works.. So to save time.. I was thinking buying a body suit or a leotard with spandex pants and paint on it.. (instead of sewing..)
Does anyone know where there is a good place to buy bodysuits... or a leotard with spadex pants(something easier to get in and out of)? Do you think this is a good start?
I heard that fabric paint is the best? Or is there a way to use acrylic paints?

Thank you!

Joi

P.S. I hope this is the right thread to post this topic!

sukimba
01-20-2011, 11:02 PM
I would say to go with http://www.milanoo.com/ for the body suit. They have a nice selection at reasonable prices. :]

As for paint, I would NOT go with acrylic! It will just crack/flake off of fabric. Fabric paint is made for fabrics(it's in the name! lol), just don't get a thick one, or you'll have a similar problem with cracking.

joyjoyness
01-21-2011, 12:07 AM
Thank you for the advice!! I look for thinner paints Should I get a white suit or a light blue suit? Do you think the paint would be transparent?

Beanypop
01-21-2011, 01:11 AM
It depends where you're looking for paints - but if you *really* wanted to use acrylic paint, there are fabric mediums that mix 1:1 with acrylics. You could also look into fabric spray paints - which can come in aerosol-type cans or bottles with spray nozzles. I have no idea how either of these would work with a stretchy fabric, though. :/

joyjoyness
01-21-2011, 01:50 AM
Thank you for your advice! I might have to test it out :D If I buy a whole body suit.. I would have to cut the head off lol and then I can test out the paints on the head part! :D

Beanypop
01-21-2011, 05:01 AM
Haha, off with its head! :)

Good luck with your costume - it's a really cool design.

ChilmarkGryphon
01-21-2011, 11:34 AM
As for paint, I would NOT go with acrylic! It will just crack/flake off of fabric.
Depends on if you're using good acrylics. Apple Barrel? Yes. Liquitex? No. Jacquard? Definitely not, it's designed for fabrics. You do have to have somebody wear the suit while you paint it, though. It's probably easiest to make a duct-tape dummy and put the suit over it.
For really crisp linework like that, you should mask the outlines off with masking tape before you start painting; look for the 1/4" or 1/8" widths. I'd get a dark blue suit and add the patterns with Jacquard's Lumiere (http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-lumiere-colors/) or Neopaque (http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-neopaque-colors/) (same emulsion, first one is metallic and second one is matte).

Also, if you intend to paint on it, you probably shouldn't use the ones from Milanoo. Last time I checked they were all polyester/nylon blended with elastane (lycra/spandex), and paint won't stick as well. Try to find one that's cotton lycra/spandex.

joyjoyness
01-21-2011, 02:58 PM
Thanks BeanyPop for the luck! I need it :D
Thank you, Thank you ChilmarkGryphon :D Greaat idea about the duck tape dummy! I was thinking how I could try to make this suit with the paint :O I will look out for the cotton lycra/spandex :D Thank you!

Liquidfire3
01-21-2011, 09:31 PM
Word of advice, DO NOT buy anything from Milanoo. They will scam you and either send you an ill-fitted suit or nothing at all. You should check some of the business review threads to see which stores are reliable. A couple good sites to order from would be:

welovecolors.com
bodyweaver.com

As for paint, I agree with the above, Jacquard textile paints are the best. Just be sure to throw your finished garment in the dryer on a low heat to seal the paint or it will fade over time. :)

joyjoyness
01-22-2011, 12:22 PM
Thank you Liquidfire3 for the warning and the advice :D I will check out those other websites :D Oh that is what I was going to ask.. How do you seal the paint! Thank you! Is there other ways?

ChilmarkGryphon
01-22-2011, 01:14 PM
It just has to be sealed with heat. If you were working with non-stretch fabric, or with fabric that hadn't been made into a garment yet, you would heat-set it with an iron. You can also use a hair dryer on a high setting. I think the instructions usually say to let it dry for 24 hours and then heat-set it.

sukimba
01-22-2011, 06:11 PM
Word of advice, DO NOT buy anything from Milanoo. They will scam you and either send you an ill-fitted suit or nothing at all. You should check some of the business review threads to see which stores are reliable.

I've ordered from them a few times and have always gotten what I paid for, and in a timely manor.

Liquidfire3
01-23-2011, 05:09 PM
Thank you Liquidfire3 for the warning and the advice :D I will check out those other websites :D Oh that is what I was going to ask.. How do you seal the paint! Thank you! Is there other ways?

I know sometimes it's easy to want to order something because it's cheaper, but sometimes it's better to spend more and get something of better quality.

Like someone else said above, let it dry for 24hrs and then iron it. LOW heat though if it's stretch since stretchy fabrics tend to not like heat. ;)

I've ordered from them a few times and have always gotten what I paid for, and in a timely manor.

Then you must've gotten really lucky. It seems to be hit and miss, but often miss lately. I've had atleast three friend order zentai suits from them, and they are horrible made and do not fit whatsoever.

ayimera
03-09-2011, 08:49 AM
I'm totally resurrecting this thread! But I was experimenting with a couple samples of nylon/lycra and lycra/cotton with both a fabric marker and fabric paint (sadly whatever Michael's had, which was not Jacq's, boo). I noticed the paint went on smoother with the nylon blend - it did not stick as well and wasn't as bright, but the cotton blend tended to be... fuzzy? I'm doing white paint on black, so the fuzzy fibers stood out horribly to me. Is there a way to avoid the fuzzy look? I would prefer the matte of the cotton, but if the paint looks so crappy I might just opt for nylon and deal with a little shine.

themadadder
03-09-2011, 12:31 PM
The Golden Paint rep told me that Golden Acrylic Paint is textile ready. Also standard white school glue can be used as a resist which washes out with water that why it gets milky when wet). just remember to be wearing the body suit when painting it so it will retain some elasticity.

theMA