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fab-painting-msg - 1/23/14


Painting on fabric now and in period.


NOTE: See also the files: applique-msg, 8-P-Stitches-art, banners-msg, flags-art, Herald-Embro-art, silk-banners-msg, Stndrds-Banrs-art, silk-msg, washing-msg.





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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 18:05:14 PDT

From: "pat fee" <lcatherinemc at hotmail.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: fabric painting--??


Use acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium.  Then set it with an iron on

synthetic setting. will soften the paint as it bonds the paint into the





>I'm looking for advice on fabric painting. Does anyone know if it's possible

>to paint on linen? I did once on unbleached muslin, but I'm making a piece of

>garb for December, and muslin won't work for cold weather! What sort of paint

>should I use? I used acrylic for the muslin and this made the fabric a bit

>stiff. Ideas, advice, rotten fruit....

>Isabelle de Foix



Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 20:36:04 -0500

From: Pamela S Keightley <shughes at vvm.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: fabric painting--??


For a banner I did of a woman carrying a harp, I just diluted the

acrylic fabric paint with water. This lightened the color on a coarse

weave cotton and gave it an antiqued look with out stiffness. I traced

the picture with pencil and then used a fine permanent black fabric

marker to do the outlines and details and then painted.


  I would try washing the linen and then take a test piece to check what

your results will be from this method. Remember diluted paint spreads.

Paint well away from the edges until you know how far it will spread.


Pamela Hewitt, the Harper



Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 20:39:58 +1000

From: Cornelius <corneliusvonbecke at mac.com>

Subject: Re: [Lochac] Fabric medium?

To: rhysh at webone.com.au, "The Shambles,    the SCA Lochac mailing list"

        <lochac at sca.org.au>


On 21/05/2009, at 8:26 PM, Rhys Howitt wrote:

<<< We're doing some painted tapestries.


I'm told that I need to get some fabric medium to mix with the  

paint, else the paint will crack.


But nobody can tell me the name and brand of the substnace, or where  

I can get it.


Cristoval >>>


Two things-


Fabric medium is only really needed if you are looking at washing it  

lots. We have done several wall painting sort of thing with out medium  

and they are doing fine.


If you want get some - most art stores will have it - the 'Sonja'  

range of acrylics have some but I would just ask the person at the shop.





Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 01:22:11 +1000

From: Carnelian Tryllyum <carntry at gmail.com>

Subject: Re: [Lochac] Fabric medium?

To: rhysh at webone.com.au, "The Shambles, the SCA Lochac mailing list"

        <lochac at sca.org.au>


For garb and banners I use:


Brand:  Derivan

Product:  Fabric Fixative

Packaging:  Clear plastic square container with white lid - product looks like milk


As advised on the packaging I thin out the paint for better absorption and adhesion before adding the fixative.  The heavier/thicker the paint the more likely to crack


Can be found at Spotlight or Lincraft.  Have found you will have to look on the lower shelves for it.





Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 14:54:50 +1200

From: Peter Hyde <peter at webcentre.co.nz>

Subject: Re: [Lochac] Fabric medium?

To: lochac at sca.org.nz


Cristoval noted:

<<< We're doing some painted tapestries. I'm told that I need to get some

fabric medium to mix with the paint, else the paint will crack. >>>


katherine has asked me to relay this response:




It partially depends on what fabric you are using and what the

tapestries will be used for -- ie are you talking about tent canvas

that will be out in the elements, or silk/cotton that will hang in a



What I have used very successfully for most applications has been

Fastex textile ink. You can see examples of its use on silk as a

black resist (significantly cheaper than gutta) here:




I would think that it would be readily available on the Continent.

Certainly Bunnings here across the Straits stocks it at $NZ8 (about

$A6) for a 375 ml jar. That's enough to to 3-4 full-scale hangings of

the type used in our Kings Wall (2m x 1.5 m brass rubbings of the

Crowns of Lochac, painted on cheap wool):



The Kings' Wall hangings have some fairly solid applications of flat

areas of paint and haven't shown any signs of cracking, even though

the wool used is fairly harsh.


Fastex textile ink comes in a standard range of basic colours (good

heraldic colours), mixes easily, can be diluted with water or an

extender, washes out in water, sets with an iron.



If you want to see the colour range, here's an example of it in use

in the Kingdom Map (painted on fine wool):



I have been told that there's hardly any difference between the

textile form and basic acrylic, but unless you were doing something

that would cover huge areas in flat colour, I don't think the textile

price is too bad for a more reassurring outcome.


Best of luck!



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