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Unread 05-22-2016, 08:49 PM   #1
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Fabric painting a complicated design

I am in the planning stages on Amu from Jyuohger, and she has a rather detailed flower pattern on her shirt. I am thinking that I'll reproduce it on a white shirt with fabric paint, but I don't know what will be best, and won't bubble or crack once dry. Do you guys have any ideas? Might fabric markers or something else be better than fabric paint?



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Unread 05-23-2016, 06:27 AM   #2
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I find that fabric markers have a bit of a thicker tip, so that can be a bit harder to do details with. I'd stick with some fine brushes and paint. Definitely also search around for freezer paper stencil tutorials. That'll make your designs a lot cleaner! (You could also make yourself a stencil of sorts with painter's tape, but that's really really hard to do with curves, let alone small curves, and frustrating to do for that many small shapes).

I've had really good luck with FolkArt Fabric Medium -- you just mix this into any regular old acrylic paint, and it changes the texture to make it way smoother on fabric, and much more flexible.
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Unread 05-23-2016, 06:56 AM   #3
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Freezer paper stencils and fabric paint (Jacquard is a good brand) would give you the cleanest results if you want to paint the design. You could do a paint by numbers thing where you make a stencil for each color and brush on each color in layers. I would highly recommend using a plotter cutter like Silhouette Cameo or Cricut to cut the stencils so you save lots of time and effort!

Another alternative is iron on t-shirt vinyl. It works similar to a printed paper transfer if you've done that before. The only drawback is that you pretty much have to have a plotter cutter to cut the design if you don't want to go insane. Here's a video on how it's basically done.
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Honestly? it might be buyable. It's obviously based on an embroidered design
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Unread 05-23-2016, 08:18 AM   #5
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I can't see your second and forth pictures (damn you, school internet, I'm a teacher not a student), but honestly, you might be able to use fabric paint. If you can find a good picture of your character's shirt design, blow it up so it's the size of a piece of printer paper and print it out. Then, put a small bit of fabric paint directly on the printer paper to outline the shapes. After all the shapes have been outlined, the paint should still be wet so press it design-down onto your shirt. Then, remove the paper and you should have a pattern that can be easily finished with fabric paint. So basically, make a stamp? I've never done this before, but have worked with fabric paint and as long as you don't press the paper down too hard, it should work!

Otherwise, if you're okay with not having an exact design, there are other identifying parts of your character's outfit (the belt, skirt, jacket, etc.) so if you can get those near-perfect, you'll have some wiggle room for the shirt and might be able to buy one pre-made.
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1) Make the design in your image creation program of choice
2) Print it big
3) Trace onto freezer paper for stencil
4) Paint and profit

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