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Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:50 pm

I want to make a 10x10 think like old timey freak show fabric banner/advert. With how the camp is laid out it gives a bit of privacy to the shower/storage area.

What fabric would be best to do this and what paint that will absorb in and not flake off and become moop?

Like this. https://www.google.com/search?q=freak+s ... 5CBdaQse0M:
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby junglesmacks » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:57 pm

Simple cotton blend should work so it's absorbent and sticky for the paint. Acrylic paint a la kindergarten days in the plastic jars should do the trick being as that it stays kind of rubbery.

If you have a JoAnn store by you, a craft specialist could probably show you some cool paints, too.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby Eric » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:22 pm

If it's going to be folded, straight acrylic paint will buckle & shed along the fold lines. Either thin the paint about 1/8th with water so it soaks into the fibers more, or add a fabric medium to the paint (I use the GAC 900 from Golden Paints, you could also use their silk-screen medium which would give you more work time with the paint).

I'd recommend using something heavier than just cotton - "clothing weight" cotton won't hold up to that much painting at that size. You can either get banner material (available at most decent art supplies or some office supply stores), get a cheap grade of canvas fabric (also from an art supply), or look around to see if there's anywhere in your area to get recycled billboard material (that stuff is the bomb!)

15 years of working in art stores, it's like I learned something! :lol:
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby junglesmacks » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:15 pm

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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby Eric » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:46 am

While I love the bowing, the see-saw motion of the gif is going to make me puke.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:53 am

Hell were would I start with finding the billboard stuff? :|
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Re: Painting fabric?

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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:48 am

The billboard stuff is heavy and does not hold paint very well. I've tried. We use it for flooring.
A campmate successfully painted heavyweight cotton twill and cotton duck hangings, acrylics mixed with fabric medium. The panels run 3x6 or so, and are rolled rather than folded. We also have a canvas floorcloth which was painted will wall acrylics and craftstore acrylics, lightly coated with polyurethane spray, it holds up very well, no flaking at all. Can be cleaned with a hose at home.

Grommets will be your friend on hanging cloth.

Actually, the nice hangings went to a new home in a couple's split. I miss them.

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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby junglesmacks » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:55 am

I can attest to AntiM's floors cleaning up well from champagne pouring overflows.. :oops:
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:05 am

Gives it character. :P
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:36 pm

Ohhhhh that gives me an idea! We were looking into carpet... Now your option seems like a way better idea!! So that ground runner is just canvas and wall/craft aycrlics with the spray over it?
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:08 am

Floorcloth is primed, but you can use canvas, or 12 oz. cotton duck. Floorcloth usually comes precut and preshrunk. Lots of DIY stuff to google. I double primed mine with eggshell wall paint before using the color acrylics. I used rollers, dab technique, and paint stamps. Polyurethane spray topcoat. Grommets mean you can nail it down to the playa.

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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:53 pm

Best place/price to get floor cloth?

Would these work just the same?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-x-10-Canvas- ... 257046ce77
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:59 pm

Water resistant? Ask them if they are treated, if so, they'll be paint resistant too.

I did get mine on ebay, but not recently.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:09 pm

Look for "natural canvas". Here is one example:

http://www.dickblick.com/buy/product/17 ... tml#photos
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:48 pm

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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:42 pm

That's exactly what I used for the details. The base coat is leftover house paint.

Liquitex is cheapest on sale at the big box craft stores, or with a coupon. (Michaels mostly)
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:46 pm

Hey anti, was looking around and found these at the store do you think these would work? Only 8oz though (like the one ou posted) but 80 bucks cheaper then the 11 or 12 oz

http://www.menards.com/main/paint/drop- ... c-8060.htm
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby MacGlenver » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:13 am

We used canvas drop cloths from home depot and painted them with house paint (I think it was exterior paint). It worked great, and didnt flake/crack when loosely folded. We did a double coat. Depending on the size of your project, you can get samples instead of buying a whole can. I think they charged $3 per little sample jar at home depot.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:48 am

We need 20x20 so most likely will have to get bigger ones... Maybe menards has bigger samples? Humm. Love getting taxes back! Fun projects!
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:58 am

I think he means sample size paints. I get those for small projects where art acrylics will not be cost effective
The problem with drop cloths is some are treated or coated and do not hold paint well. So you will need to read labels and get touchy feely and experiment.

8 oz would be good for hanging. We use funky old thrift shop curtains.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:06 am

Yeah sorry, that's what I ment,paint.

So no go on the 8oz for floors you think? :(
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:33 pm

Not so much. But that is just an opinion as I haven't tried it myself. Are you looking to do hangi.gs and floors? Maybe do a smaller rug on top of billboard vinyl.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:00 pm

I want to do the whole floor 20x20. Then that "banner/poster/tapestry whatever" for some privacy are
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby MacGlenver » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:31 pm

We bought 8oz canvas drop cloths for ground coverings last year under our 30 foot monkey hut. I installed grommets in 4 corners and staked them down. Despite being pretty tight to the ground, wind got under them and caused them to flap like crazy until we put heavy stuff along the edge. The cloth ended up ripping a decent amount at several of the grommets. The rest of the cloth didnt tear from a good amount of foot traffic, though I wouldnt consider it a really solid solution. It did help to keep the dust down under the hut, and made sitting on the floor more inviting. Not a horrible solution if you're going cheap (like we genearally prefer to), but I'm not sure we will be able to use them more than one additional time.

This is what we bought: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100653615/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=canvas+drop+cloth&storeId=10051

One of our issues may have also been that we didnt use the best grommets in the world on the floor cover. We used the same fabric for a 4'x6' painted sign and the grommets held up well (though we did have additional support lines running along the fabric to disperse the tension).
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby AntiM » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:46 am

We use heavy duty military surplus grommets.... actually liberated from active duty grommets.... and the edges as well as the corners need a few. We nail our floor coverings down with landscaper spikes. Basically foot long nails. Handy.
I would go a little heavier for the floor, but lighter weight canvas may work well under the tent area.
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Re: Painting fabric?

Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:31 pm

Found all the stuff I need. Just waiting for taxes to come in. I have decided I'm going to make another 10x10 to stake outside and make it into a twister board. Anyone game? :)
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