Okay, so I’ve got a set of those fabric markers you can pick up at any craft store, or even at any big box store now. I remember the days when kids would use Sharpies to mark up their jeans and Keds with the Anarchy signs and “Non Conformist” graffiti just like everyone else. The irony was totally lost on the 6th graders. I just stuck with drawing “I heart Doogie Howser” on my binder. Yeah, that was a happy memory crasher when I became an adult….
Anyway, as an adult, and a surfer, I thought it would be fun to get artsy fartsy with one of my rash guards. I wanted to test if these markers would stay on Lycra and how they would draw.
I have two types of fabric markers (Tulip Brand and Sharpie Brand Fabric Markers), so I thought I’d try each on the rashguard to see if I’d get different results. I used a white rashguard and got some scrap cardboard to put between the layers of the rashguard in case of bleed though to the backside:
For this project, I opted to use the black markers so they’d show up on the white. The marker tips are definitely different as you can see:
|The Tulip Brand Marker is on Top, the Sharpie Brand is on the Bottom|
Drawing on Lycra is tricky. The fabric wants to pull against your marker, so it’s important to draw slowly to avoid errant drags on your pictures.
First, I made a design on the shoulder and upper sleeve of the rashguard using the Tulip brand marker. Making lines was slow, but making dots was quite easy, of course. The ink really didn’t bleed over itself, except were I got sloppy.