How To Turn Acrylic Paint Into Fabric Paint Without Medium?

Acrylic paint is a thick paint that flakes easily once it dries. Acrylic paint can be turned into fabric paint easily by adding a medium to the paint. However, you don’t have to use a medium to turn acrylic paint into fabric paint.

A medium is added to acrylic paints to make them stick better on the fabric. It reduces the flakiness of acrylic paint and ensures that you can use it to paint fabrics.

You can turn acrylic paint into fabric paint at home with ingredients available. This means that you won’t have to buy a medium. Add glycerine and water to your acrylic paint and you have good fabric paint for your home crafts. You can also add glue and shaving cream to the acrylic paint to make it a suitable fabric paint.

How To Turn Acrylic Paint Into Fabric Paint with Glycerine?

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Step 1. You will need glycerine, water, white vinegar, and acrylic paint. With these ingredients, you can turn your acrylic paint into suitable fabric paint.

Step 2. You need to know how to mix your home ingredients with acrylic paint to turn it into fabric paint. You always need to have more water to mix with. So, the amount of water you use needs to be double the amount of the rest of the items.

In this case, you need about 20ml of water and 10ml for both the glycerin and white vinegar.

Step 3. Mix the vinegar, water, and glycerine in a container. Stir then shake the mixture.

Step 4. Have your acrylic paint in a container. Add about a teaspoonful of the water, vinegar, and glycerine mixture into the acrylic paint.

Step 4. Stir the mixture until you have your acrylic paint at a consistency that can be considered proper for painting on fabric. Fabric paint is not flaky when dry. It is easily absorbed by different fabrics. You can paint on fabric with a stencil for unique shapes or use a paintbrush.

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Step 5. Test the mixture on a fabric. Using a paintbrush or a stencil, make several paint marks on a piece of fabric or T-shirt.

Step 6. Leave it to dry.

Step 7. Once it dries, then you can tell if your home ingredients made a worthwhile medium for acrylic paint. If the paint you made dries and is not flaky and doesn’t fall off the fabric, you have made perfect fabric paint.

Step 8.Iron your acrylic painting to make sure that it stays on the fabric that you paint it on.

How to Turn Acrylic Paint into Fabric Paint with Shaving Cream And Glue?

using shaving cream and glue

Step 1. For this method of turning acrylic paint into fabric paint without medium, you will require three tablespoons of shaving cream, one tablespoon of white glue, one teaspoon of acrylic paint, a container to mix in, and a spoon or stick to stir or mix.

Step 2. Put your shaving cream, glue, and acrylic paint into a container. You can use different items to scoop these ingredients from their original containers to the new container.

Step 3. Now stir these three together. Stir until they are a consistent thickness. This paste is a fabric paint you can use on fabric.

Step 4. When you have your fabric paint ready, you need to paint something with it on a piece of fabric. When you have finished painting, you need to leave it to dry on the fabric for about 24 hours. You can use your finger to check that the paint is dry.

Step 5. After 24 hours, confirm that your paint on the fabric is dry. With your iron set on steam settings, iron the painting on the fabric. This helps to ensure that the painting you made on the fabric becomes permanent.

Step 6. You can now wash your fabric to check that the painting you made on it is permanent. Wash by hand under running water and you will see that the painting is permanent. Even when you use soap. You have effectively turned acrylic paint into quality fabric paint.

How To Use Acrylic Paint Directly On Fabric?

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Step 1. You can use acrylic paint on fabric directly without a medium. You will need your fabric and your acrylic paint.

Step 2. Prepare the fabric. You will need to smooth your fabric with sandpaper on the part that you want to paint on. Rub your fabric lightly with the sandpaper to ensure that the acrylic paint has a proper surface to rest on. It also helps to enhance the permanency of the painting you will be making on the fabric.

Step 3. Wet your fabric. You can wet the whole fabric or just the part that you need to paint on. You can use a spray bottle to spray water onto the fabric.

Step 4. Prepare your acrylic paint. There is not much to do to get your acrylic paint ready to paint on fabric. You will add some water to the paint that you need for the project. This helps to enhance the consistency and to make it less flaky when it dries on the fabric. It also ensures that your paint can be applied to a piece of fabric easily.

use acrylic paint directly on fabric

Fabrics such as cotton and silk are the best to use when you painting with acrylic paint without a medium. These fabric materials have a tight weave and as a result, will let the colors of your painting stand out.

Step 5. With your fabric and paint ready, you can now paint your fabric with acrylic paint without a medium. Keep spraying water on your fabric to ensure that the paint spreads evenly on your fabric. When you have finished painting, leave the paint to dry.

If you want to apply multiple layers of paint onto your fabric, you can do this after your paint has dried.

Step 6. When you have finished painting on your fabric, you may heat set your painting. This enhances permanency and reduces the chances of your painting damaging your fabric.

Wait for the paint to dry before you heat set it. You can start the process after 24 hours of drying. You can use your home iron for this process. You can use medium to hot heat settings on your iron.

Also, don’t put your fabric in water immediately after this. You can leave it for at least three days before washing it.

With the above steps, you have turned acrylic paint into fabric paint without a medium.

How Do You Take Care of Clothes Painted with Acrylic Paint?

When you have painted your clothes or pieces of fabric with acrylic paint you need to take proper care of them. If you don’t, you are likely to damage your painting.

First, take care while washing this fabric or garment. When washing it, the best method to use is hand washing. It is gentler than using a washing machine. You can easily take care of the painting while handwashing it.

Do not wash or soak in hot water. Hot water will make your paint run and damage your fabric and painting. If you have to use a washing machine, select a gentle setting and low heat.

It is best to air dry the fabric after washing.

Second, if you need to iron the fabric or garment, make sure to do so from the backside. Also, use low heat to iron it.

Proper care of your fabric ensures that it lasts longer.

What Is the Difference between Fabric Paint and Acrylic Paint?

Fabric paint and acrylic paint are two types of paints that are used when painting clothes and fabrics. As the name suggests, fabric paint is the best paint to use on fabrics. As in the above steps, you can turn your acrylic paint to fabric paint with or without a medium. An acrylic medium is much easier to use when turning acrylic paint into fabric paint than home ingredients.

The major difference between fabric and acrylic paint is that fabric paint is best used for natural fabrics. On the other hand, acrylic paint can be easily used on both natural and synthetic fibers. For this reason, you will find that acrylic paint is used more on fabrics than fabric paint.

Another major difference that impacts the use of these paints is drying. Acrylic paint is water-soluble. Therefore, it dries smoothly on the fabric especially if you wet the fabric while using it. Fabric paint needs a binding ingredient to ensure that it sticks on fabrics. Since it is made from a dye that doesn’t easily stick to fabrics.

Fabric paints easily seep through the fabric. As a result, fabric paint goes into the fabric as opposed to acrylic paints that lie on the surface of the fabric. Acrylic paintings on fabric will be stiff, hence the need to turn it into a fabric paint with a medium before using it on its own.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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