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

105 mL opaque white
70 mL transparent sand
1.25 mL opaque yellow

300 mL pearl silver
100 mL brownie (see recipe below)

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

15 mL opaque white
19.5 mL opaque black

100 mL opaque white
10 mL opaque yellow

5mL 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

75 mL fluorescent blue
20 drops opaque black

45 mL opaque white
5 mL sky blue


  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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