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Better than Pebeo or Molotow on crushed velvet.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 August 2019
I needed to make a sign of gold lettering on purple crushed velvet (polyester). I'd never used fabric paint before and didn't know what would work so I bought this, Pebeo fabric paint in Shimmer Rich Gold and a Molotow acrylic paint pen in Metallic Gold.
The Tulip paint takes 4 hours to dry, so if you are using a stencil it is important to make your own stencil of your words first out of stiff card (rather than using your original alphabet stencil) otherwise you would have to wait 4 hours between each letter and it would be difficult to get the letters neatly spaced. It is essential that you wash the fabric first - I made one sign on washed velvet and one on unwashed velvet. On both fabrics the Tulip paint went on very, very thick and puffy (you squeeze it out of the tube) and the gold colour looked rather dull. On the washed fabric the paint quickly flattened and became more reflective/shimmery (in less than an hour) but on the unwashed fabric it was still puffy and dull the next day and when I pressed it wet paint squished out. The paint remained opaque and did not soak through to the back of the fabric. It was flexible, but I don't think it would allow a fabric to drape well if you were going to use it on clothing. I also tried applying it with a paintbrush but it was too thin and translucent - it really needs to be squeezed out, which did hurt my hand after a short while.
The Pebeo came in a pot so I applied it with a brush. The dried paint had a good shimmer and was thinner and more flexible than the Tulip, but looked less opaque/solid and a lot soaked through to the back of the fabric. Although I'm a huge fan of Molotow pens, the Metallic Gold pen produced a disappointing result that looked more like a dull green than metallic gold.
I suspect I may have had different results on smooth cotton using a non-metallic colour, but for gold letters on purple velvet Tulip gave the best results for my project.