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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fabric Painting Tip

I just want to share with you something I have learned over the years of my painting,
This is a few things about painting on fabric.

If you have purchased an item like a bandanna, apron or tote or anything like that to paint on, you need to wash the item first to remove all the sizing that the manufacturer ads to the product, then dry your item without any softener in your dryer.

Now if you free hand your pattern onto your item good that is great, I can't do that. I have no idea why, because I draw the pattern on paper first, but to drawn then same pattern right to the item, it makes me nervous. So I use Iron on transfer pencils for most everything I do.
Tip however remember not to transfer lettering because it will be backwards when you iron it so always trace it backwards to start with.

Did you know you don't have to have fabric paints to paint on fabric ? I know cool huh !
I use Textile Medium you mix that with your acrylic paint and you turn your acrylic's into fabric paints. It's so easy to do. Follow the directions right on the bottle.

When you have finished painting your design, I always wait for about 2-3days and then I place a towel over the painted area or turn wrong side out if possible, and Iron to set the paint.

I am posting a different projects here for you to see that I have painted I hope you enjoy
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