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Article about Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint. It's rubbery, it holds cloth together, it's a great paint, it adds gripping friction to a cellphone, and it's easy to use.

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Introduction
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* This article focuses on: Thick fabric paint used in DIY projects.
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* This article focuses away from: Products not related to fabric paint.
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* Related Articles at RoyceBarber.com
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* Legal: I'm a personal fan of t-shirt paint, I don't sell it or make money on it. I'm not affiliated at all with any t-shirt paint or partners.
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* Notice: This article may refer to dimensional fabric paint as t-shirt paint, paint, or t-shirt glue.
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What is T-Shirt Paint?
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* Thick soft bendable rubber-like paint for designs on fabrics or almost any surface.
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What Can I Use T-Shirt Paint for?
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* Automotive: Fill cracks in nearly any fabric such as seats and convertible roof. Being vinyl, cloth, etc. Coat raw metal under your car.
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* Clothing or Fabrics: Art designs, logos.
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* High-friction paint so your phone isn't slippery or sliding around.
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* Endless uses.
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Sticks Best to;
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* Nearly everything. Any fabric of porous material. Glass, Wood, Plastic, Metal, Granite, Tile, Rock, Vinyl. Carpet, clothes, shoes, paper, cardboard, plastic of cell phone case, even rubber. Etc. Sticks to your skin and fingernails, but peels off after a few days. Sticks to wet surfaces.
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Sticks Worst to;
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* Dirty oily surfaces.
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Experiment Success
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(Using basic 3D Fabric Paints, not “puffy” or “textured” variations.)
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* Protective 3D dots of paint around my cellphone camera.
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* Stores nicely in it's containers for years.
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* Apply it with a sturdy stencil.
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* Watering it down slightly.
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* Mixing t-shirt paint colors, or pigmenting them.
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Experiment Failures
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(Using basic 3D Fabric Paints, not “puffy” or “textured” variations.)
* Doesn't mix with common acrylic car paint such as Dupli-Color. Separates over a few minutes and dries foamy and not strong.
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* When Wet:
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* When Dry: Compacts and slightly pulls.
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What is Fabric Paint Made of?
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* It's been difficult finding out what fabric paints are chemically made of.
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* Tulip and Scribbles Fabric Paints are Nontoxic. Water based. Color Pigment.
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Pros and Attributes
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* Extremely Multipurpose. Permanent. Washing Machine resistant. Scratch resistant. Water resistant. Sun UV/Fade resistant. Soap resistant. Three Dimensional. Rubbery. Slightly stretchy. Won't crack or crumble. Not Brittle. Far more industrial than hot-glue. Paint doesn't become part of the fabric fiber, instead is glued onto the fiber. Pigment Powders.
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Cons
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* Only comes in small containers. Only comes in some colors (but can be mixed and pigmented). Semi-transparent when smeared. Too thick to paint fine details. When drying, compacts and slightly pulls. Becomes thinner as it dries. Slightly expensive, available in only small containers. Can be scraped off slippery plastic easier than hard super-glue. Does not adhere some slippery fabrics together as well as some hard glues. Being permanent, store it up high away from kids.
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What Brands are available? Variations of the products?
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(Fl Oz means Fluid Ounces);
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* Scribbles makes: 3d Fabric Paint 1oz. 3d Paint Pens. And many consumer products.
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* Tulip makes: Soft Matte Fabric Paint. Slick (extra shiny). Puffy. Soft Fabric Paint Velveteen (Steams to puff up into a texture). Fabric Spray Paint. Iridescent (Vibrant pearlescent). Metallics (Luminescent shine). And many consumer products such as One-Step Tie-Dye kit.
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* plaidonline.com makes: Fashion Dimensional Fabric Paint Metallic. Folk Art brush-on fabric paint. Martha Stewart Crafts Paint (Dishwasher safe).
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* S&S Worldwide makes: Color Splash! Fluorescent Fabric Paint.
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* Lesser Known Brands (To be added). Search Ebay for Fabric Paint. PLEASE let me know of other brands.
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What Stores Sell it?
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* Physical Stores: Any art store. Especially JoAnn's and Michaels.
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* Internet Stores: Amazon, Ebay, and many others.
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Related Materials (But still quite different)
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* Semi-dry car paint. Some caulk. Sugru. Vinyl patches. Acrylic canvas paint. Upholstery Fabric Paint. Spray-paint for vinyl.
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Misc
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Internet Resources
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* Tulip and Scribbles Official Site: www.ilovetocreate.com
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* ssww.com
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* plaidonline.com
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Notes to Sort
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lifehack/dimensional_fabric_paint.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/14 01:03 by reb