Which to use for marbling fabrics
- Although I am a relatively recent obsessive marbler, I have marbled
intermittently for several years on fabric and have tried about all the
different paints marketed specifically as textile paints or inks. Versatex
were the first I used.
My very favorites are the Golden Liquid acrylics. I bought them some time
ago for straight fabric painting and found them to make too stiff an hand on
the fabric. However, for marbling, they are wonderful -- they are so richly
pigmented, you get great color coverage. I do use the GAC900 with them and
also add water before marbling. When things are going well (as they have
been lately), I use no dispersant at all. When I do use dispersant, I mix
the dispersant (I use Synthrapol), I use about 1/2 tsp in a 1/4 cup of water
and then only use a few drops of that mix with my paints. I am using
methylcellulose as my size.
I have also had good luck with the Createx airbrushing paints and like to
use their flourescents as they are super bright. For fabric painting I have
used Pro Chem's pigments and extender for years and have been using their
pigments with the other paints as well.
I might add that I like using all the different kinds of paints to see the
interactions that occur!
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