• Can I paint on fabric using Liquitex Acrylics?



    Liquitex Professional Artist Acrylic Colors are the most permanent paints for fabrics. They offer exceptional quality, durability, adhesion and the largest assortment of pure pigments of any professional quality acrylic paint.
    • Heat setting, steaming or chemical fixing is not required
    • A variety of applications are possible.
    • Liquitex Acrylic Colors can be used on cotton, cotton-poly blends, woven, knitted, felt, terry cloth, silk, velvet, velveteen, corduroy, flannel, suede, leather and most synthetics.

    • Pre-wash new fabric to remove sizing, which interferes with adhesion. Let dry.
    • Adjust paint to desired consistency using Liquitex® Mediums
    • Note: For excellent results use Liquitex® Fabric Medium, add distilled water if necessary—do not over-thin.
    • Test technique on a separate piece. Each fabric has a different absorbency and will affect paint handling.
    • Place protective layer on work surface to prevent sticking. Stretch sweatshirts with cardboard for best paint application.)
    • Applying thick paint to large areas will tend to stiffen fabric.
    • Iron on low synthetic heat setting. Use a pressing cloth or iron on reverse side of fabric.
    • Note: Loose fabric weave allows more of the color to penetrate the fibers.


    • Varies depending on surface, application and humidity. Paint will dry to touch in 5 minutes to 2 hours.

    • After paint fully dries, wait at least 4 days before washing.
    • Hand wash and hang dry is best. Do not presoak or use hot water. Wash items inside out.
    • Machine wash fabric in warm water. Use permanent press/gentle cycle.
    • Dry cleaning machines that spin-dry fabric at room temperature are recommended. Dry cleaning suede is acceptable. Spot cleaning solutions should be avoided or used sparingly.

    FABRIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES Airbrush and Spray Application
    › Liquitex® Soft Body and Liquitex® Airbrush Medium or Liquitex Professional inks! are recommended for this technique.
    - Mix 1 part Soft Body Colors with 1 part Airbrush Medium. Add more Airbrush Medium as needed to achieve desired consistency.
    -Use Liquitex Professional Acrylic ink straight out of the bottle.
    › Colors must permeate cloth and be seen as ghost image on reverse side to be permanent.

    Block Printing › Coat a linoleum or wood block with waterproof varnish.
    › While varnish is wet, sift finely shredded fabric (flocking) onto the varnish. When dry this absorbent surface will hold paint for application.
    › Mix Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Color with up to 25% Slow-Dri® Gel
    Retarder and spread onto the block with a soft foam roller.
    › Wet the fabric and place the block face down onto the cloth pressing firmly and evenly.
    › Stretch the fabric on a padded surface to help facilitate printing.
    › Use absorbent, medium-to-heavy weight fabrics without deep texture for best results.

    Recommended Products:
    • Liquitex® Soft Body Colors, Liquitex® Heavy Body Colors or Liquitex Inks
    • Liquitex® Slow-Dri® Fluid Retarder, Liquitex® Gel Retarder, and Liquitex® Fabric Medium
    › Mix Liquitex® Soft Body colors with Fabric Medium for a softer feel to finished painting.

    Recommended Products:
    • Liquitex® Heavy Body Artist Colors
    • Liquitex® Gloss Gel, Liquitex® Gloss Heavy Gel or Liquitex® Matte Gel Medium
    › Screw a plastic cake decorator tip onto a tube of Heavy Body Artist Color
    and squeeze apply.
    › Mix paint with Liquitex® Gel Mediums to adjust consistency; apply with
    cake decorator to produce thick lines.

    › Use absorbent fabric. Hand wash and hang dry.
    › Transparent and translucent colors work best and dry with a softer finish.
    › For soft edges, pre-wet fabric with Flow-Aid™ water; for hard edges leave dry.
    › Tightly woven cotton and silk will achieve richest colors.
    › A hot wax resist may be used for hard edges. Remove wax resist by dry cleaning.
    › All colors are permanent; no heat setting required.

    › Wet colors will dry lighter.
    › Titanium White and all Iridescent and Interference colors may stiffen fabric.

    Silk-Screen Recommended Products:
    • Liquitex® Soft or Heavy Body Colors
    • Liquitex® Slow-Dri® Fluid Retarder,
    • Liquitex® Gloss Medium & Varnish
    › Mix up to 25% Liquitex® Slow-Dri® Fluid Retarder into paint to slow drying.
    › For heavyweight fabric use Liquitex® Soft Body colors; lightweight fabric use
    Liquitex® Heavy Body colors.
    › Squeegee paint through screen. Wash screen with water immediately after use.
    › Gloss Medium & Varnish can be used as a permanent screen block solution. Apply directly to screen.
    • Stamping › Paint stamp with either Liquitex® Soft or Heavy Body Colors.
    › Press painted side onto surface using even pressure; allowing absorption into fabric.
    • Stenciling › Use either ready made stencils or cut from heavy paper, oak tag, acetate or frisket films. Use spray stencil adhesives if necessary.
    › Apply paint with polyurethane foam dauber, rag or stencil brush. › Thinning paint may cause it to bleed. › Do not force paint under the edge of stencil.
    • Watercolor
    › Use Soft Body Professional Artist Color, thinned with distilled water to desired consistency.

    › Multiple applications can be painted over once dry without picking up underlying colors.
    › Lightweight fabrics allow paint to spread quickly.

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