It is true that there is some knitted or woven clothing with either metallic or ultraviolet-reactive, reflective threads. These features make it permanently or naturally illuminates upon shining light on it while in the dark or when beneath a black light. Are you such a case who is after retrofitting your everyday clothing so that it can light up whenever in the dark? Worry no more! There is an option for this creative activity for every skill level. The levels range from free-handing by use UV-reactive markers, seamstress-level embroidery to stenciling by use of glow-in-the-dark paint.
In this article, I am going to share tips on how you can create unique glowing images on clothing using Blue UV Fluorescent Powder. To make this successful, you need the following ingredients:
- Reflective tape
- UV-reactive markers (you can also use spray paint)
- Painter or stencils’ tape
- Reflective yarn
- Tapestry needle
- Blue UV Fluorescent Powder
- Chalk pencil or a fabric marker
- Reflective fabric or ribbon
Step by step guide on how to create your glow images on clothing
- Lay your clothing out flat and use UV-reactive markers to draw patterns on it. These patterns will glow when exposed to a blacklight environment.
- Spray-paint your entire garment using UV-reactive spray paint. Or, you can confine your UV Fluorescent powder to specific parts of the clothing using stencils and painter’s tape.
- Mix your UV Fluorescent powder into paint or water. However, you should always check the label of that product before mixing since some powders do not form solutions with water-based mediums or water itself. Also, there is an option for purchasing pre-mixed paints with your desired glow powder in them. You can use a spray bottle for the application of this mixture to larger areas or paint it directly to your clothing. This glowing effect does not need the presence of blacklight, but you need to expose it to light for “charging” after which it will glow in the dark.
- Use a fabric marker to draw your desired pattern that you will trace onto the clothing. For safety purposes, you can decide to go for a chalk pencil. Next is threading a tapestry needle with stitch and reflective yarn. This process is to be done along the pattern lines as per your desired effect.
- Next is the application of reflective tape to clothing parts that are to glow in the dark upon illumination.
- Finally, stitch your reflective ribbon to the areas that are glowing in the dark.