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What is Fabric Dimensional Paint?

If you are looking to add a new dimension to your fabric art, then Derivan Dimensional Paint is the product for you. While many fabric paints are designed to form an even film on fabric, Derivan 3D Fabric Paint allows you to create lines of tubular paint that remain raised after drying and washing. They come in a full range of 10 standards and 3 fluorescent colours that will glow under UV light in easy-squeeze bottles with a precision nozzle.

four fabric art dimensional bottles of different colours


HOW TO 3D Fabric Paint


How do you use 3D Fabric Paint?

This Dimensional paint can be applied on its own or over designs made with Derivan Fabric Art Paint or Derivan Fabric Art Markers. They work on cotton, polyester and most fabrics. Be sure to wear protective clothing and rinse any unwanted product from clothing before it dries. You can always practice drawing lines on paper before attempting to apply your design to fabric.

Ensure the fabric is clean and dry, prewash new fabric to remove any sizing which will stop the Fabric Art Dimensionals from adhering. Shake the bottle and remove the cap. As the bottle is squeezed, a line of paint will dispense from the nozzle. Keep the bottle moving slowing and make the line or shape as required. Allow the paint to dry in the sun for approximately 1-2 hours - avoid touching the paint during this time. Once dry it will remain a raised line that is flexible, waterproof and able to be gently washed. Fluro colours will “glow” under UV light.

You will find that this product is easier to apply to a taut fabric surface as the bottle tip will not “catch” on any loose or creased fabric. To do this you can stretch the fabric over a sturdy piece of cardboard and secure with bullbog clips, adhesive tape or clothes pegs. An HB pencil can be used to lightly sketch a design on your fabric to use as a guide for paint application. This will wash out of the fabric after washing.

If you are using Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional over Derivan Fabric Art fabric paint, ensure the paint is dry so the surface doesn’t get “scratched” during application. Apply as per the method above.

If you make a mistake scrape the Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional off before it dries and rinse thoroughly. You may need to wash the item in a washing machine on a cold setting. If the stain is set in the fabric then rethink your design and try and cover the stain as much as possible.

Please note that colours may darken slightly as they dry.

  • For a stained glass effect, use bright coloured fabric paint and then use black Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional for outlines.

  • T-shirts aren’t the only fabric products that can be decorated with Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional. Canvas shoes, bags and hats also work well.

  • Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional can be used to create a border for other Derivan fabric art paints or fabric art markers. For example, you could use it to draw a decorative picture frame and then paint a small picture inside.

Don’t feel you have to create an elaborate and intricate design. In fact, simpler designs are often the best.

Wipe the tip of the applicator and replace the cap when not in use. Store upright in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If the nozzle becomes clogged, use a pin or paper clip to un-block or in extreme cases unscrew and rinse with warm water.

Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional does not need to be heat fixed. Allow to dry in a flat position for 4-8 hours. Cures and is wash fast after 72 hours.

Allow 72 hours before washing. Gentle machine-washing in cold water. Do not use bleach. Hang to dry. DO NOT use a clothes dryer.




Paints used in fabric printing require heat fixing in order to become washproof. Any type of heat can be used for this purpose. Heat tunnels or ovens may be used, but the most common form of heat fixing is the use of a household iron. The main points to be observed are:

Ensure your design has completely air dried before it is heat fixed.

When heat fixing, apply heat evenly and continu- ously for the required time over the image.

Be sure not to scorch or burn the image or garment by keeping the iron moving constantly. Remove the iron briefly if the garment is getting too hot before continuing.

Use a tea towel or another piece of cotton cloth over the image to iron on. Do not use the iron in direct con- tact with the image.

Heat fix times and temperatures: Please note heat fixing times and temperatures are subject to vary depending on  the accuracy of the settings in the appliance to be used.   The following is a guide only:

 Cotton, calico, linen, rayon 4-5mins at 140°C -180°C

 Synthetics, nylon, polyester, tetron, acrylic 5-8mins at 115°C -130°C

It is important to remember that valuable projects always warrant a test. Heat fixing tests should always be done on the fabric to determine temperature and time required


to make the image fast (permanent) but without scorch- ing the particular fabric. Test by heat

You’ll need to set the fabric paint with heat. In order for the paint to set permanently into the fabric, it has to be set with heat. Check ahead of time that the fabric you’re using can be treated with heat, since this step ensures that your design will last much longer than without it.

Permanent Fabric Marker
3.28 3.28 3.2800000000000002 AUD Add to Cart

3.61 3.61 inc GST

Fabric Art Dimensional
4.92 4.92 4.92 AUD Add to Cart

5.41 5.41 inc GST

Fabric Art Paint
7.03 7.03 7.03 AUD Add to Cart

7.73 7.73 inc GST

Online orders from Derivan FAQ

About Us 

We are a second-generation family business and have been proudly making paint here at the Derivan Factory for over 50 years – located in Rhodes, Sydney Australia. We are never out of stock as we make it on site.

Where do we ship to?

Online ordering is only available in Australia at the moment for international orders please contact us @ [email protected]


What payment methods do you accept for online orders?


We accept Visa and MasterCard on our website.

Our sales staff can also process other payment types manually, contact us and we can do  your order over the phone.  


How can I track my internet order 

Our staff will be more than happy to provide you with a tracking number, call us on 02 97362022 or email us with your order number and we will send you your tracking number.


When will my order be dispatched?

For all orders received before noon, your order is dispatched the same day and next day after 12 pm. It is the utmost importance to get your order to you as swiftly as possible.


Is your product Australian Made?

All our paint is made here on-site at the Derivan Factory our customers are often surprised to hear that we manufacture our paint in Australia. Yes, it is proudly Australian  ma de, and you can be confident your online order is factory fresh with quality raw materials.