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How should I prepare my surface before painting with FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood?
Because FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood is a two-step process with the first step being a tint, all unfinished wood surfaces should be clean and smooth. If necessary, sand smooth with medium to fine grit sandpaper. Then wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
On what types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss?
FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss can be applied to a wide variety of rigid surfaces such as: wood, terra cotta, plastic, papier mache, metal cement, masonry and garden statuary.
Keep in mind, the painted moss finish will be most convincing when applied to a surface that moss might actually grow on.
What is FolkArt Painted Finishes – Barnwood?
FolkArt Painted Finishes Barnwood is a water-based, non-toxic, easy-to-apply, two-step finish incorporating stain and wax that when applied to raw, unfinished wood will provide the illusion of aged, rustic barn wood.
How should I prepare my surfaces before painting with FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss?
Surface preparation depends on the type of surface you've chosen.
  • Wood –  Because FolkArt Painted Finishes Moss is a thick textural paint, there is no need for additional prep whether working on finished or unfinished wood, even if the surface is very rough.
  • Terra Cotta – No prep is necessary when decorating terra cotta.
  • Plastic – Wash plastic surfaces in warm, soapy water to remove any existing grease film. Allow to thoroughly dry.
  • Papier Mache – No prep is necessary when decorating papier mache surfaces.
  • Metal – Wash all new metal surfaces in warm, soapy water; allow to thoroughly dry. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe over surface; allow to dry.
  • Cement, Masonry and Garden Statuary – Apply a coat of white vinegar (to neutralize lime), allow to dry, rinse, and then allow to dry thoroughly.
How should I prepare my surfaces before painting with FolkArt Milk Paint?
Preparation depends on the surface. Read more to learn how to prepare unfinished (raw) wood, finished wood, walls, metal, concrete, and masonry.
  • Unfinished Wood – FolkArt Milk Paint is best applied directly to unfinished, raw wood. T Sand any rough areas using a medium-to-fine grit sandpaper. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  • Finished Wood – Finished wood surfaces would include previously painted or varnished surfaces. These surfaces are best cleaned with a household glass cleaner to remove dirt and grease and then brushed with a coat of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow the primer to thoroughly dry (approximately four hours); then apply FolkArt Milk Paint.
  • Walls – Prepare your walls first by cleaning them to remove dust or grease. Clean areas of chipped or peeling paint. Slightly sand the walls to allow for better paint adhesion if walls were previously painted with semi-gloss or gloss finishes.
  • Metal – Wash all new metal surfaces in warm soapy water; allow to thoroughly dry. Moisten a paper towel or soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe over surface; allow to dry. Brush on an application of FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. Allow primer to thoroughly dry.
  • Concrete and Masonry – Apply a coat of white vinegar (to neutralize lime), allow to dry, rinse, and then allow to dry thoroughly. NOTE: FolkArt Milk Paint is not recommended for concrete areas subject to foot traffic such as a patio. FolkArt Milk Paint decorated concrete and masonry surfaces should be kept as indoor only decorative surfaces.
Where can I find a DMC conversion chart for my Bucilla stitchery kit?
You can download our Bucilla to DMC conversion chart as a PDF to make sure you're using the appropriate floss for your kit.
How shall I launder my block printed fabric items?
Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks have been tested for machine laundering, however, as with all hand stamped/ painted / decorated items, it is always best to hand wash in cold water and allow to air dry, which will increase their durability.
What if every block print transfer is not printed with the same color intensity?
When working with block prints, it is very normal to produce transfers that may vary in color intensity.
That is actually part of the beauty of block printing by hand. If an exact color transfer is desired, be sure to properly load the block print stamp with Soft Fabric Ink and use the same pressure when stamping each and every transfer.
How can I repair a stamped mistake on my project?
While block printing, if a mistake is made, try incorporating the mishap into the design by adding another flower or section of the design, or try layering a new design over the mishap.
How should I clean up my supplies?
Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks are non-toxic and water soluble. Clean up of block print tamps is easily accomplished using mild soap, water and the Fabric Creations™ Block Stamp Cleaning Brush.
We recommend using a light, soft brushing technique over the fabric ink covered stamp under running water to remove the excess fabric ink. The bristles of the cleaning brush will not harm the face of your stamp when used properly. Do NOT soak your block stamps in water. If exposed to water for an extended period of time the stamp’s protective coating will soften. Do not allow ink to dry on your block stamp as it may stain the front of the stamp making it difficult to clean. Clean excess Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks from sponge cubes using mild soap and water.
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