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Painting spandex
Anyone tried the paints available at Joann's or Michael's
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Date: 10/22/13 8:20 PM

Not sure where this question goes...

I am making a spiderman costume for my son. I need to somehow make the black spider web on the red fabric. I didn't plan very well so I am down to what is available at either Michael's or Joann's.

Has anyone ever painted spandex before? I was curious about the Tulip brand paints. Concerned that on spandex it will crack and/or pop off.

Would I be better off using a fabric marker and drawing the lines? (certainly feels like it will be easier and more accurate- but will the color be as strong?)


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Date: 10/22/13 11:13 PM

I would go with a fabric marker. Test on a scrap. Minimal cost and time to see if it works. If it doesn't work as you'd like, you can always use it a laundry marker, no?
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Date: 10/23/13 9:29 AM

I use the tulip brand soft paints on nylon/spandex all the time to decorate skating and dance costumes. They work great as long as you are sure to stretch the fabric slightly while you are doing the painting. I use a dress form but you can use a pillow or a piece of cardboard if you like and then pin the fabric or garment to the base before painting. Make sure you cover the base with plastic before painting in case the paint goes through -- it's easiest to get the garment loose from plastic than from cardboard or another fabric (learned this through trial and error).

Allow to dry thoroughly and you may need to do a second coat to get good coverage. I'll see if I have a photo handy of one of the costumes I did.

Here is a close-up photo of some painting I did on nylon spandex and nylon spandex mesh -- this was with a tulip soft glitter paint with some additional glitter added.

Painted Skating Dress
-- Edited on 10/23/13 10:01 AM --

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