Fabric Painting on Shirts

I am doing a computer iron-on transfer and want to paint the transfer when it is on the sweatshirt. In other words, I need instructions on fabric painting sweatshirts. Thanks.

By Lori

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March 3, 20010 found this helpful

Here is a link that will help give you instructions and let you know which supplies you need for painting on T-shirts.

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful


I've been painting on clothing for years and have tried just about every brand of paint on the market to see what works best and lasts the longest.

I hate 'fabric' paints because they make the fabric stiff and peel off in just a few washings. For clothing items that will be washed frequently use just regular ol' acrylic paints and do NOT add a fabric medium to the paints before applying because that too will make the clothing stiff. Use the regular acrylic paints right out of the bottle. The key to the clothing staying soft and the paint adhering more premanently (nothing lasts forever though) is ironing the clothing item from the back side (after it has air-dried a day or so) with a 'not too hot' iron setting. The heat will make the paint settle down into the fibers of the garment, thus preventing them from washing off so easily. Be sure to put a brown paper bag betwen the front of the garment and the ironing board.

A little bit of the surface paint will come off with the first washing but this is what makes the garment remain soft. Good luck and happy painting!


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