I don’t like Puffy Paints. They don’t work as great as people think. The paint washes out quickly. The paint cracks when the material is folded and I tend to pick at it until the design comes off. I don’t like the tiny nozzles that only make small lines because then larger designs are time consuming.
I wanted to come up with a better way to get the Puffy Paint effect, but without Puffy Paint. I wanted something I could make larger designs with, too.
I’ve figured it out, and am willing to share the process with you. Something this great shouldn’t be a secret.
What You Need:
- Fabric Glue
- Colored t-shirt
1) Place the cardboard inside the shirt to prevent the glue from seeping through to the other side.
2) Draw a design on the shirt using the fabric glue.
3) Let dry overnight.
That’s it! Easy, right?
Image Transfer Ideas
1) Draw an image on the shirt using a pencil or even a marker. You’re going to cover it up with glue, anyway.
2) Can’t draw? Print an image and color the back of the paper with a charcoal pencil. Place the paper image side up on the shirt where you want the design to go. Trace the design with a pencil. Remove the paper and you will see the image on the shirt. Trace it with the glue.
Extra Tips and Ideas
1) Fill in large areas easily by making rows with the glue. Fabric glue is thin enough that the glue merges, but thick enough not to spread out on the shirt.
2) Color the glue using drops of acrylic paint until you get the color you want. This can be difficult because stirring the glue is annoying.
3) Color the finished dried glue using markers or paint markers. I like using this method better than coloring the glue. The colors are vivid and it’s like a coloring book.
Why Fabric Glue Works
Fabric glue is designed to glue fabric together without melting in the wash. It is also flexible so it doesn’t break when the fabric is folded. Once dried, it is nearly impossible to pull off the shirt. It remains shiny and puffy through every wash.