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« on: June 15, 2013, 07:43 PM »

I don't quite have nearly enough skill to do applique work.  Do any of you airbrush your kites?  I've got the ability, just don't know what kind of paint to use .  Anyone use decent quality markers with good results? 
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 08:26 PM »

My daughter has used Sharpies™.

So far so good.

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2011Kites#5658736894589546610

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2006Kites#5431339036377874562
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 08:30 PM »


Regular Black Sharpies or Sharpies Brand Paint Pens?  Very interested! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 08:31 PM »

Regular, in various widths.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2013, 09:41 PM »

awesome, thanks Chilese,  I found some pics of the back of the Smithi, a big solid orange square.  Couldn't pass up an opportunity to lay something out on that big blank "canvas" :]
 see what you started, LOL
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2013, 08:16 AM »

Scott Hampton is a very well known kite maker who uses design master paint on his kites and banners.....
You can see some of his kites here: https://picasaweb.google.com/110977665158917743177/Cypods
Scott paints and appliques his pieces.... and over on the kitebuilder forum he has a thread that explains his process...
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2013, 08:26 AM »



https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2011Kites#5658736894589546610

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2006Kites#5431339036377874562
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2013, 11:49 AM »

thanks thief, I will definitely be trying to find that thread
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2013, 08:15 PM »

I made some Roks out of RSN and decorated with markers and with acrylic paint.  Had a lot of problems.  First attempt the pigment just started peeling off.  In fact I stripped the kite of paint and ink using soap.  It turns out you need to do some prep and use special additives.  Then you need to heat set the paint which is not so straight forward.  The RSN is coated and it is not easy to paint or mark.  John Pollock is also one of the artists that paints kites and he has published his techniques.

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 06:23 AM »

Ruth of Windfire designs also paint with oil paints on their kites made of cuben fiber......

Eric Curtiss screen prints the Boreal Designs kites he makes....note- this is done on uncoated ripstop...
Ty Billings of High as a Kite used to tye dye his material...also uncoated ripstop too...
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2013, 04:21 AM »

KiteSquid (Harold Ames) tie-dyes Icarex polycarbonate using acid etch dyes and an autoclave to set the color.

I have several kites either entirely made out of this material or using components of it during construction.  The fabric lasts for thousands of hours (all abusive use on my part), in fact a couple of these kites were made as "no-sew" by the man himself!

My photo above is an example of an adobe illustrator file that I had output onto fabric thru an inkjet printer.  First the material had to have a starch type of coating applied by silk-screen (as one continuous piece!).  Harold & I did this project as a cooperative effort for the Smithsonian Kite fest back in 1999.  The kites also locked together in flight thru the use of rare earth magnets affixed to the tops (end-caps)

If you want to work with coated fabrics you need both pressure and heat to force the color into the material.

Nobody does Icarex other than the Squid, that I have ever seen!  If you want the specific details on how to do this, go to the man himself thru KitebuilderDOTcom.
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