I have been seeing cute ideas for using fabric spray paint all over pinterest, but buying the paint seemed a bit costly to me. I decided to try and make my own instead.
I am a hobby artist and have lots of acrylic paint at home and have some textile medium that I use to add to the acrylic paint for painting permanently on fabric. It’s not very expensive and I’ve used my one bottle for 5 years!
I used blue acrylic paint and textile medium.
I put one part textile medium to one part acrylic paint in a squirt bottle I got from the Dollar Tree. Then I added about 4 parts water to that so it would spray well.
Then I took a small t shirt my son’s size and put scrapbook letter stickers I had on it and spelled his name. I slid the front of a cereal box I cut out into the shirt to keep it from leaking through to the back.
Here is a picture of all the supplies, the blow dryer was to speed up drying (I’m impatient).
Then I sprayed the shirt. I stayed pretty far back, about a foot away, and sprayed lightly a few times over the area I wanted to be painted. I didn’t spray too much on at once because I knew it would leak under the stickers.
Then I removed the stickers after it dried. The A had some paint leak under but you can still see it and I kind of liked the effect.
Here it is on my adorable boy 🙂
I like the way it turned out and will be making it in pink and purple for the girls next 🙂 thanks for stopping by!
This is realy clever and your son looks so cute.
great idea!! =)
Love the shirt. Love the hand in the pocket too.
I cross stitch and use acrylic paint to color my fabrics. I love the variety of colors. I never use the textile medium since I was told it is to make the paint flexible and I water mine down so much it isn’t like paint anymore, lol. This way of coloring is addictive 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Hi! I’ve been looking for a recipe to make my own fabric spray paint and found yours very helpful. I pinned it on pinterest, but then I thought I remembered something about giving people credit when you do that. How do I give you credit? I want to make sure I do it right because I appreciate you posting this for those of us who needed it! Thanks:)
You can post a link to my site. Thanks!
Nice! I’m going to try this out – thank you!
So glad I found this! I have been wondering for a few weeks if this very technique is even possible (or if the paint would clog the spray mechanism), and now I have my answer. Although, it seems to create more of a splatter effect than a fine spray… Thank you for the helpful step-by-step pictures!
Do you use 50/50 paint to medium?
I’m curious if this left a texture (stiff) to the shirt or if it acted more like a dye? Thanks!
Do you have to do anything special to the shirt before or after? The paint won’t wash out, correct? I’m in charge of crafts for a teen girls camp this summer and thought this would be fun to do with them. I just want to make sure I do it right so I don’t have 100 unhappy campers! Thanks so much!:)
How long does the paint keep once mixed?
Brilliant idea! And across the saver too. I was wondering how well it held up in the washing machine? Sometimes with fabric paint they say to throw it in the dryer to heat set it or iron it or just let it dry for a couple of days before washing. I was actually looking up how to make do-it-yourself fabric glitter paint when I came across this. Thank you for sharing your idea
Brilliant idea! And a cost the saver too. I was wondering how well it held up in the washing machine? Sometimes with fabric paint they say to throw it in the dryer to heat set it or iron it or just let it dry for a couple of days before washing. I was actually looking up how to make do-it-yourself fabric glitter paint when I came across this. Thank you for sharing your idea.