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How can I paint my yoga mat?

I would like to hand paint my yoga mat. I need to know what type of paint would be best. It would have to be sweat and waterproof and doesn’t flake or crack when i roll it. So, has anybody out there ever painted there mat? or any other ideas? Any ideas would be appreciated. thanks!
I want to paint my mat because I guess I’m picky, lol. Besides, I thought it might be an interesting project. Thanks for answering my question. : )

5 COMMENTS

  1. Acrylic artist’s paint is flexible and waterproof but it may not adhere to ensolite (the closed cell foam the mats are made of.) In fact, it would likely peel off eventually.
    If you really want to decorate it, use Sharpie permanent markers. I wonder why you would want to bother painting it anyway — seems silly to me. The mats are cheap — get one already decorated if yo don’t like the one you have.

  2. actually, to have a personalized mat can connect you to your practice even more…. the “pictures” or designs one adds can be used as focus points when balenceing or hovering…. or maybe places to mark where your hands are best placed in down dog… feet too… just ideas. why buy a new one, when the one you have is perfectly useful?

  3. I wish there were a good answer here! I agree that Sharpies would work and probably last, but they’re so stinky! Acrylic might bond, it is liquid plastic after all.. I also have fabric dye markers. In my research I have mostly only found $400 custom painted mats, ‘guaranteed’ not to flake or peel… but not what kind of paint to use. I think I’ll get out an old mat, wash it, and just use every kind of paint and marker I have in the house and test it out. I’m anxious to see if you get any good ideas!

  4. Sharpie makes fabric markers with “brush tips” called STAINED… Theyre great. I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING REGULAR SHARPIES, THE INK WILL BLEED/RUN OVER TIME.. ESPECIALLY WITH HOT YOGA PRACTITIONERS.

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