Glow in the Dark Material
Cloth in general presents some interesting problems for
glow in the the dark pigments and paints. There are three
techniques that are popular with our customers. Standard
painting techniques are outlined below. "Dust Dying" and "Glow
Ink" is described toward the end of the article.
Paint will not flex freely with the cloth of a garment.
Therefore, you need a paint that has strong adhesion and at
least some flexibility without cracking. This also means that
you need to paint designs, letters, or small patterns as
opposed to covering a whole garment to allow flexibility in
the non-painted areas.
To accomplish this, you can use our glow in the dark
paints, which are solvent-based acrylics. They have strong
adhesion and moderate flexibility.
Another alternative is to mix a home brew that is popular
among the craft experts (also known as your mom). Purchase
FabriTac fabric glue from a local craft store. Add acetone
paint thinner to the mixture until it is the consistency of
paint. Remove the amount you need into a separate container
and add 5-20% of our glow in the dark powder. Use it like you
would any typical clothing paint.
Either of these methods should withstand a few wash cycles.
To protect the art even further, you can purchase a clear
sealer coat used by air brush artists to seal T-shirts at most
major craft stores.
Some customers have also had good success with using an air
brush and air brush paints on clothing.
A neat trick that increases the coverage of glow in the
dark paint is to seal the porous surface of cloth with a less
expensive paint. Apply a layer of standard acrylic gloss
clothing paint that will absorb into the cloth and create a
smooth surface. This surface can then be painted with the glow
in the dark paint. Not only does this lower the overall costs,
but the glow is now more consistent and smooth.
Put Glow in the Dark powder into a very
large plastic bowl. Put the material or garment into the bowl
and work the powder into the material. Remove the garment and
push it back into the bowl several times pressing hard to push
the powder into the weave of the material. Continue this until
the weave of the material is packed with glow particles. Spray
the garment with clear spray paint called airbrush sealer to
permanently seal the powder into place.
Mix 2 ounces of powder with 4 Fl. Oz of
clear silk screen ink. Use a paint brush to apply.