I think this is something that affects a lot of us, both old hands and new costumers, what with our superhero fascination: How do you properly fabric paint on stretch fabrics?
I'd like to get some answers for my own project, and get a good resource here on the site to help future projects.
My current concern:
I'm kicking off a new project, and I'd like some expert advice. Essentially, I'm looking to paint on stretch fabric (Nylon, Polyester, Spandex blend), and the issue is I need to prevent ruining the stretch and compression of the spandex. I don't want it to turn baggy anywhere. What is the best fabric paint to paint a large area of this fabric? Keep in mind, heat treating could be disastrous.
Where I'm at with my planning:
My plans are to use discontinuous sections of color, so that there's a network of unpainted, fully-stretchy material running throughout the costume. I'm also looking into ways to do a very fine stencil within the colored sections, for the same reason. I'm also likely going to sponge on the paint, with a light base followed by a bright color. I've made a duct-tape dummy of myself to paint on to try to minimize tension issues.
I hope we get some good discussion and details going in here, and I look forward to any support The RPF can send my way. I also really look forward to showing off the project when I get moving.