Textile Printing with Latex house paint

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yup. latex house paint.

Say what now?

Yes, you heard right. I use latex house paint in my screenprinting and block printing adventures.

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these were printed with my modified latex house paint.

Why, you ask? Why not?

But…but…fabric paint is a thing already…why not use that?

For starters, Yes, fabric paint/ink is available, and I have a nice collection of those too.

More often than not, though, I want a color that is not available the selection of fabric paint/ink.

So I should mix my own, right? After all, I see color very, very well (I have been tested).

I detest mixing my own colors. I find mixing my own colors tedious. I would rather just choose a color that appeals to me.

Latex paint is widely available in a wide variety of delicious colors. Being a color lover, this was the number one draw for me.  I love being able to go into the paint store and pick out a swatch and have that exact color mixed for me, every single time.

I hate being restricted to the craft store/art store color palette. Yes, I know I can go online, and I do (duh). The selection is not much better there.

Plus I’m impatient. When I want it, I want it.

Aaaand, there’s nothing like being able to see the color selection in person before making a selection.

Latex paint is very inexpensive, especially with my techniques…(hello, samples!)

flat lay of printed fabrics and latex house paint.
yes, print with latex house paint

Lastly, I’m kind of a rebel. I love pushing limits. I love doing what others are not. I start out doing things the way they are ‘supposed’ to be done, then quickly look for a different way to do it.

I understand that ‘professional’ screenprinters would be horrified at the thought of screen-printing with house paint. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you if you are ready to try something new, break the rules, and open up a whole new realm of possibilities!

So how, exactly do you print textiles with latex house paint? Well, besides just using it right out of the can.

I have a few techniques that I will cover in my next few posts to find out.

I will be covering the following topics and more:

How to thicken latex paint for screenprinting: Latex paint in its pure form is not thick enough to pull across a screen for printing.

How to prevent the dreaded stiff feel of latex paint on fabric: my latex paint printed fabrics have a soft hand.

How to make the fabric wash-fast: Yes, the paint will not wash out.

I will also cover what has worked, and what has not for me.

So, if you are ready to be experimental, join me!

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How to: Textile Printing with Latex house paint
How to: Textile Printing with Latex house paint

 

2 comments Add yours
  1. Oh, rebellious one! I.LOVE.THIS!!! First of all, you have gorgeous designs and you do have such a great sense of color. Looking forward to hearing more of these latex screenprinting adventures. I’ll ask the question I’ve asked for years now….why are you so far away?! LOL Until then, I’ll enjoy these posts. 🙂

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