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02-17-2004, 06:46 PM
Hi out there!
I am about to start a skating dress that has a chiffon/mesh type material, any suggestions as to what paint works best? Does anyone have any opinion what technique, psi, airbrush has worked for them? Thanks, itchy
02-17-2004, 10:06 PM
I don't airbrush on fabric, but there are plenty of peeps in this forum that do! They will be along shortly! I'm not for sure if I'm understanding your second question, so I will ask one of my own. Do you currently own and use an airbrush???
If you don't, then this could take awhile!! LOL!!!!
If you do, most (not all) textile/fabric/tee's airbrusher's run their airbrush's from 30 to 80 psi for fabric.
I will say that your best bet is going to be any of the textile/fabric paints! There are several on the market but I think that the Createx line are one of the best. Look here: http://www.createxcolors.com/
I hope the rest of the gang will chime in and add to my feeble advice!!!
02-17-2004, 10:16 PM
Yep I'll second that. Createx is the way to go. Just make sure you heat set it
when your done. You can put a towel over it and iron it or put it in the drier
on hi for about 10 min.
02-18-2004, 10:42 AM
I do airbrush. I guess I didn't word my question well. I was just curious as to what others have used. I have worked on a few skate dresses, with good results, but I was wondering if the fabric would make a difference as to how others may have handled it. ( I have not received the dress yet). In the past I have used Createx, but I have read about the Golden paints, although I have not used them.
I haven't worked with the transparent variety on fabric yet, so I am not sure what to expect there.
Thanks Hindee and Caterwallin!
02-18-2004, 12:23 PM
Your welcome itchy! I was not sure what you were asking there, sorry!
I don't know much about the Goldens but here is a thread were they are discussed:
See if this helps!
I have not worked much with fabric, I did one Tshirt as an experiment, I used the Golden with there GAC900 followed from a friend who got some advice from JW. I like the Golden paints even though I have a ton of Creatix my wife uses those now to hand paint some cermics, I use Com-art and Golden. Sorry I can't comment on the fabric you are using however. You could talk to golden and see what they say.
02-20-2004, 11:07 PM
I use golden for illustration but I use createx on textile. Sounds like you already have createx so I would run with that. Createx also has some effects paints that will give you more sparkle and color changes which are what we have come to expect on a skaters dress. Your air pressure is going to be whatever it requires to get the job done. Heat setting chiffon/mesh might be a bit of a problem, I'm not sure how I would do that one, a steam iron maybe. I would go to a fabric shop, buy a sample of chiffon and play with it a bit.
02-28-2004, 11:55 AM
Hi itchintocreate :)
I don't have any advice but just wanted to welcome you to the forum.
Buying a sample of fabric to experiment with, as Penny suggested, sounds like a good idea.
02-28-2004, 09:58 PM
Hi, Itchy. For t-shirts, denim, and such I've used createx with good results. The reason you heat set is that that 's what binds the paint to the material. I like to spray tee-shirts at 50 psi or better, but that's so I get good penatration of the paint into the fabric, but where you're doing a mesh you could probably get away with much less. I think Penny's right though, anytime I try a new material, or method , or surface I always make a practice run at it. By the way, are you going to airbrush a simple fade on the material, or are you going to do some kind of illustration work on it ? That might make a difference on how I'd approach it too.
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