Acrylic paint on fabric – some experiments

While I was writing my article for Quiltwow on using acrylic paint on fabric, I decided to do a few tests to see which sorts of acrylic paint worked best and also to see how much wash out there was if I used them on poly cotton.

I used Golden thick bodied acrylic, Golden fluid acrylics and some Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks that I had.  I painted each one on some thick cotton duck (canvas), some fairly coarse cotton fabric and some not all that thick polycotton.   I painted two of each and washed one of the pair to see how much washout there was.

Here are the results.  The ones on the left of each photo are the washed versions and the ones on the right, the unwashed.

Heavy acrylic paint on the canvas:

acrylic paint on fabric

Heavy acrylic paint on the cotton fabric:

acrylic paint on fabric

Heavy acrylic on polycotton:

acrylic paint on fabric

Acrylic ink on canvas:

acrylic paint on fabric

Acrylic ink on cotton:

acrylic paint on fabric

Acrylic ink on poly cotton:

acrylic paint on fabric

Fluid acrylic on canvas:

acrylic paint on fabric

Fluid acrylic on cotton:

acrylic paint on fabric

And finally, fluid acrylic on poly cotton:

acrylic paint on fabric

This experiment wasn’t at all scientific but it was interesting to me, especially to find that acrylics seem to be fine to use on poly cotton (next time I’ll have a go with 100% polyester) and the fluid acrylics are best of all for painting on fabric, predictably because they contain less binder and more pigment.

The little sample book, by the way, is another that I made with the Bind it All.