Acrylic Paint as Fabric Paint

One of the most popular methods for turning an acrylic paint into a fabric paint is the GAC900 medium from Golden Artist Colors. The medium can be applied to any brand of acrylic paint. It does not have be used strictly with Golden paints. Once the paint has been transformed it can be brushed, screen-printed or airbrushed onto fabric. The finished fabric is soft. If a heat set method is applied to the finished product, it can be washed according to the given washing instructions.

While acrylic paints will work on fabric many people do not like to use them as the thick paint can create a product that doesn't look great when it is finished. Additionally, it is not always comfortable for products that will be worn, such as T-shirts. Thus, many people choose to explore fabric paint alternatives.

If you work with both acrylic and fabric paints on a regular basis, this product can be a great addition to your craft supplies. It eliminates the need to purchase separate fabric and acrylic paints. It also makes the wide variety of acrylic paint colors available as fabric paints.


GAC900 is offered through Golden Artist Colors, Inc. It is readily available in stores and online. It is offered in a Heavy Body or Matte Acrylics form or a Fluid Acrylics form. The most common product size for both forms is the 8 oz. container, which features a convenient nozzle. It is also available in larger sizes. GAC900 is classified as a white acrylic polymer emulsion. In order to make a fabric paint you mix the product 1:1 with acrylic paint.

Once the solution is mixed and applied it can be heat set through several different methods. The easiest method is using an iron for a few minutes. You an also opt to cure it in the oven for one or two minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or for four minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, you can heat set it with a standard clothes dryer on a high setting for 40 to 50 minutes.

It is important to note that this fabric paint should always be heat set in a well ventilated area. As the product releases small amounts of formaldehyde during the setting process, it should not be inhaled.

If GAC900 does not fit the paint thickness that you desire and/or particular fabric that you will be using, consider using Heavy Body or Matte Acrylics or Fluid Acrylics Silk-Screen Fabric Gel.


The pros for GAC900 are as follows:

  • It turns virtually any acrylic paint into a versatile fabric paint.
  • The resulting fabric paint keeps fabric soft.
  • There are multiple options for heat setting the fabric.


The cons for GAC900 are as follows:

  • The heat setting process must be completed in a well-ventilated area.
  • It is not available in all smaller arts and crafts shops.
  • It is not appropriate for use by children.

Storing leftover paint

The ideal method for storing the fabric paint is a small container that is airtight. This will keep the product in a usable condition for a significant period of time.

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