Are you hoping to paint some creative designs on fabric, t-shirts or other textiles? If you’re brand new to fabric painting, you might be wondering which fabric paint you should buy. I’m happy to give you some suggestions on which are the best fabric paints in 2022.
There are bunches of people who have suggestions about fabric paints. Some of them know what they’re talking about, and some of them are writers who are paid per word to crank out internet articles on every imaginable topic. These article writers might not necessarily have any experience with the fabric paints they’re recommending.
I’ll briefly introduce myself before I go on with this list of fabric paints, so you can see that my fabric paint recommendations are trustworthy. I’m Amy Solovay, former surface design instructor at California Design College. I hold a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and I worked in the textile industry for more than a decade. Many of the fabric paints on this list are ones that I taught my students how to use in our surface design classes. Some of the others are fabric paints I’ve had occasion to use in my own fabric painting projects.
In general, the best fabric paint depends on the application you want to use it for. You’d use a different paint on a silk scarf than you would on an upholstery fabric. With that in mind, I offer you the following list of best fabric paints, along with some suggested uses for each paint.
1. Textile Color Paints by Jacquard Products
Jacquard’s Textile Color Paints are great all-purpose fabric paints that you can use on natural fabrics or synthetics. They should be heat-set if you want to achieve the best colorfastness. The colors go on semi-opaque. They do affect the hand of the fabric, but not that much. They’re washable. Overall, this is my top pick for a general-purpose fabric paint.
Learn More About Textile Color Paints by Jacquard Products
- Check out our product review of Textile Colors Fabric Paints.
- Shop for Textile Color Paints at A Cherry on Top Crafts.
- Shop for Textile Colors Paints at Dick Blick.
2. Lumiere Metallic Paints by Jacquard Products
I’ve done a lot of fabric painting, and this is my most-used fabric paint. I love the shimmery metallic colors available in this paint, and I’ve been pleased with just about every project I’ve created using this paint.
Learn More About Lumiere Metallic Paints by Jacquard Products
- Check out our product review of Lumiere Metallic Paints.
- Shop for Lumiere Metallic Paints at Dick Blick.
- Shop for Lumiere Metallic Paints at A Cherry on Top Crafts.
3. Versatex Screen Printing Inks by Jacquard Products
Learn More About Versatex Screen Printing Inks by Jacquard Products
4. Jacquard Silk Colors
Learn More About Jacquard Silk Colors
Jacquard Silk Colors are the ideal product you’d want to choose for silk painting.
- Check out our product review of Jacquard Silk Colors.
- Shop for Jacquard Silk Colors at Dick Blick
5. Dye-Na-Flow by Jacquard Products
Learn More About Dye-Na-Flow Paints by Jacquard Products
- Check out our product review
- Shop for Dye-Na-Flow Fabric Paint at Dick Blick
6. Liquid Pearls by Ranger Industries
Liquid Pearls can be either a dimensional fabric paint or a paint to use on paper. It comes in a small bottle and is best used to add small, shimmery, pearl-like accents to your fabrics, t-shirts, quilts or other textile art projects. If you want to achieve a fabric that looks beaded, without having to sew a whole bunch of fussy little beads all over your project, this is the fabric paint you’d want to use for that purpose.
Learn More About Liquid Pearls by Ranger Industries