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Textile Medium for acrylic paint

Do you want to paint fabric with acrylic paint? You will need a textile medium for acrylic paint to keep the colours bright and washable? Derivan textile medium will convert your Derivan Acrylics into fabric medium paint. 

Using a textile medium for acrylic paint its simple mix the textile medium with the paint it will make your artwork wash-fast and durable. It also will give you a smooth application and help with brush flow and will help with making the colours bleed less.  You can use acrylic paint without a medium, but it won’t be as permanent as it would be if you used the medium, also acrylic paint on its own is very stiff so by using a medium with the paint you will achieve a softer result. And you will find you get a very smooth application.

Available in 250ml and 500ml sizes.



fabric fixative in 250mL jar

What is Textile Medium for acrylic paint?

Use Textile Medium to turn your acrylic paint into fabric paint. Acrylic textile medium is a fluid acrylic polymer, mix with your acrylic paints to give you a soft feel and render the fabric washable without the colours fading.  


Looking to get a watercolour effect? use the medium to reduce the colours down without affecting the vibrancy 

Looking for a custom colour to decorate your fabric? Mix your colour that to match then add the medium giving you a wide range of colours for your palette. 

Want to put fabric paint through an air brush? thin acrylics to a milk consistency using Derivan textile medium to thin it down. 



Derivan textile medium is a great medium for the all-round artist who would like to try fabric painting without buying a large range of fabric paints. It allows you to use your existing acrylic colours to paint a lasting artwork on fabric. Textile Medium mixed with Derivan Acrylic, will become permanent on T-shirts or most other garments after heat fixing.


Before you start painting

  • As you will be probably painting on fabric that is porous you will find the paint will bleed through so if you are fabric painting a garment like a t-shirt you should put a piece of card inside the t-shirt.  If you are painting a flat piece of fabric it is a good idea to put a cover down to protect the table that you are working on. 

  • It’s always a good idea to wash your fabric first. By doing this you will remove the sizing and help the paint to adhere. Also, if there is any shrinkage this will make it less likely to pucker around the painted areas of your design.

  • Tools needed:

Paintbrush, stencils, fabric fixative, Derivan acrylic, contact, tape




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 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 continuously 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 contact 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 the temperature and time required


to make the image fast (permanent) but without scorching 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.


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