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Two questions!

Hi! I've two questions regarding painting and embroidering software.

There's a minky plush I'm making- a character from the game Okami- whose markings I would like to give a hand painted look to as per the aesthetics of said game, but I don't have an airbrush and otherwise only have acrylic paints and Prismacolor markers. It's obvious that the minky fibers can clump up with a glop of paint, but would the aforementioned markers or thinned down acrylics in layers be a better option for a smooth finish?

Also, I've recently acquired a secondhand embroidery machine, however it doesn't include any digitizing software. Does anybody here have any recommendations for (preferrably inexpensive) programs? I found quite a few free programs when I searched, but to avoid a lot of trial and error, I would certainly appreciate recommendations as a general direction to start in.

I'm not sure if any of these constitute as "beginner" questions and I apologize if they do fall under that category, but if not, thanks in advance!


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Jan. 15th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Markers do provide an even application, but I really do not recommend them at all. I kind of wince when I see people using them on plush, because marker ink fades/bleeds with age, comes off with alcohol, and sometimes doesn't dry all the way, resulting in a "sticky" feel.

I haven't tried painting minky, but I have a lot of experience with painting fur fabric, and the best thing I've used is FW Acrylic inks- if you've seen my Quilavas and Ponytas, it's what I use to make the flames. To prevent clumpiness, brush out the fabric while it dries and it'll stay nice and soft.
If you're trying to paint only certain areas (like the swirly lines on Okami characters), I think you might have to wait until it's dry before brushing, because otherwise it'll smear all over the place.

I say grab a few scraps a bottle of acrylic ink and try it out! :D
Jan. 17th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Got a bottle of black acrylic ink, but the store didn't have any colored acrylic ink so I took a gamble with some red India ink as well. They do kind of smudge when I brush after they're dry, but I really like the bold colors and easy, smooth application of the inks that I wouldn't mind not keeping the minky texture for thin line details anyhow (though I'll keep experimenting). When I run my hands over the dry inks, they don't smear, they don't end up lumpy like regular paint can, and unlike my marker tests the black goes on black, not... grey (not even charcoal). I can't see much of a drawback to them. :D

Thanks a lot for the recommendation! While I do prefer the finish of the acrylic ink, I reckon I'll stick with the red India ink until I'm able to invest in a Dick Blick order for more acrylic colors.
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the inks are working for you! :)
I hear india ink is wicked toxic though, I don't know if it's true or not, but people freak out when someone draws with india inks without using gloves. o_o So I guess to be safe, you shouldn't use it on a plush you plan to snuggle with a lot.
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Eek :S The bottle I bought (Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay brand) claims it's non-toxic but I'll do some more research and/or seek out an alternative that I can acquire within a few days just in case. It's a commissioned plush, so I'd rather not take that chance.
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
I did a little searching and I think maybe the claims are unfounded... check the packaging for a non-toxic symbol thing or warnings. Sorry to alarm you!
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