RECIPE-FOR-PAINT-02 Every day of the week, we use textile paint to transfer stencil designs to our 100% organic cotton jersey. While the colors that can be produced by mixing paints are limitless, we primarily work with the following base colors: opaque black, transparent sand, opaque blue, pearl silver, opaque red, opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque sky blue, pearl red, and forest green. By mixing these colors, we create all of the hues and shades that help define our patterns, stencils, and collections. Our artisans use our painted stencils as a guide for embellishing our designs with appliqué, reverse appliqué, and beading techniques. We have also discovered that a basic garment featuring a subtle stencil adds texture and delicate details to our designs. Many of our Studio Style DIY customers and workshop participants have asked for these unique combinations of textile paint; below, we share recipes for some of our most popular colors. You can find everything you need to create your own stencil and spray kit in our online store. RECIPE-FOR-PAINT-08 ALABAMA RED 500 mL opaque red 15 mL opaque black CREAM 105 mL opaque white 70 mL transparent sand 1.25 mL opaque yellow PEARL BROWNIE 300 mL pearl silver 100 mL brownie (see recipe below) BROWNIE 15 mL fluorescent blue 15 mL opaque red 100 mL fluorescent blue 15 mL transparent forest green (Shake) 100 mL opaque red 250 mL opaque yellow (Shake) 42.5 mL opaque black CHARCOAL 15 mL opaque white 19.5 mL opaque black LEMONADE 100 mL opaque white 10 mL opaque yellow MOSS 5 mL opaque white 100 mL transparent forest green 25 mL opaque yellow 30 mL transparent sand 5 mL opaque red (Mix) 1.25 mL opaque black NAVY 75 mL fluorescent blue 20 drops opaque black MIST 45 mL opaque white 5 mL sky blue

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  1. mindy

    oh, how kind of you to share! I have been afraid to use anything but watered-down black with a soupçon of pearl silver. and I have never tried using transparent colors. these recipes give me renewed stenciling energy. thank you so very much!

  2. Gail

    When I’ve tried adding fabric paint to fabric, using a sponge or brush, it’s very heavy, even when I’ve tried thinning it – is it the airbrush that gives it a light-weight quality? I’m assuming it’s light-weight, otherwise it’s unwearable.

    1. Alabama Post author


      A makeup sponge works great for the sponging method. We do not water down our paint. When the paint is airbrushed, it is much lighter, but it still has “a hand” to it. (Also if you are doing reverse applique, most of the paint gets cut away, so it’s not nearly as stiff as it starts out.) Hope this helps.

  3. Fran

    I have been checking on the spray kit for a while now, but it continues to say unavailable. Will there be some available soon? I would love to get started on some projects. Like Gail, my luck with sponging and brushing has not been a great solution. Thanks for the recipes (food and paint) and for Alabama Chanin!

    1. Nadine

      I Found the spray kit at both Joann Fabrics and Michales Craft store. They also have 40% off coupons, so it was quite a deal !

  4. sarwat murtaza


    I wanted to ask that the paint that you use to print your cotton fabric is it fabric paint? or color extracted from natural material??


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