Paint Suggestions

I dug through my cupboards and also purchased a range of paints and markers from a craft store and tested these on the white PONGEE umbrella material.  Some worked better than others and some required ironing to set them.  Careful reading of the manufacturers directions is important.  

Below are the results of my experiments ....

You can cut open your umbrella cover and use that to test your own paints and markers and experiment with the effects you can achieve before starting to decorate your lovely white umbrella.

 

TIPS
If you are having trouble with paint/markers spreading on the umbrella material try adding a drop of dishwashing liquid to the water.

Gently iron your umbrella before painting to stop paint from accumulating in the creases.  

When ironing the umbrella to heat set the paints, use a medium heat iron and place a tea towel between the iron the umbrella, moving it constantly to avoid melting the fabric.

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Product Results Pros & Cons

Derwent Inktense Paint, Pencils, colours sticks

PROS
- Easy to use
- Water Soluble
- Comes in a wide range of colours
- Can get lovely transparent effects
- Previous layer does not move when applying second layer
- Can mix your own colours

CONS
- I needed to use a tiny bit of detergent to get it to wet the surface
- Cost - had to buy specially from an Art store

 

Dye-na-Flow
by Jacquard


PROS
- Easy to use
- Water Soluble
- Comes in a wide range of colours
- can get lovely transparent effects

CONS
- Needs to be heat set
- I needed to use a tiny bit of detergent to get it to wet the surface
- Cost - had to buy specially from an Art store

POSCA Pen
Mitsubishi Pencil Co


PROS
- Easy to use
- Opaque so can write over other colours
- Comes in a wide range of colours
- Fine point for writing  
- Do not need to be heat set
- Water soluble 

CONS
- Cost - had to buy from a specially Art store

Sharpie Permanent Markers - Fine Point

 

 

 

 

PROS
- Easy to use
- Readily available at office supply, newsagents and craft stores
- Come in a wide range of colours
- Fine point for writing  
- Do not need to be heat set

CONS
Not water soluble - PERMANENT if they get on cloths, furniture etc.
- Solvent fumes when using

TULIP Soft Brush On Fabric Paint 









PROS
- Water soluble for easy clean up
- Nice bright colours
- Glossy rich finish
- Good coverage, only need one to two coats 

- Does not need to be heat set
- Easy to apply with a brush, sponge or stamp

CONS
- Cost - Had to buy specially from a craft store - a set of 10 cost about $50

 

 

 

TULIP Fabric Crayons

PROS
- Nice bright colours
- Good coverage

- Could blend together to make other colours
- A variety of effects achievable

CONS
- Cost - Had to buy specially from a craft store
- Have to be heat set with an iron - BE CAREFUL not to melt fabric, put between old tea towels 
- Got messy fingers from blending

Various Acrylic Paints from my cupboard


PROS
- I already had them - no extra cost
- Water soluble for easy clean up
- Available in a wide range of colours
- Do not need to be heat set
- Easy to apply with a brush, sponge or stamp

CONS
- Coverage not great - probably need a few coats of paint
- Finish was a bit dull/matt

Left over paint from a previous project

PROS
- I already had them - no extra cost
- Water soluble for easy clean up
- Available in a wide range of colours
- Easy to apply with a brush, sponge or stamp

CONS
- Poor coverage - probably need a few coats of paint
- Finish was a bit dull/matt
- Needs to be heat set with an iron - take care not to melt fabric

TULIP Rainbow Fabric Markers

Not as good as other markers on this material

PROS
- Water soluble for easy clean up
- Fine Point
- Available in a wide range of colours

- Easy to use 
- No need to heat set

CONS
- Cost - Had to buy specially from a craft store 
- Poor coverage - didn't work well on the umbrella fabric
- Finish was dull