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FAQs

Are there any surfaces not suited for Leather Studio™ paint?
Leather Studio™ is not recommended for suede, patent leather, satin, cracked or waterproofed shoes and accessories.
Do not use Leather Studio™ paints on other items such as furniture, automobile seats, etc. Also if a vinyl surface feels sticky or spongy, Leather Studio™ paint may not adhere.
How do I stencil on fabric?
  1. Pre-wash and dry fabric. This will remove the sizing that comes in new fabric and help the paint bond better with the fibers.
  2. Place and secure fabric over a plastic-covered or waxed cardboard to create a firm surface for stenciling and to prevent bleed-through to any other part of the fabric.
  3. Load stencil brush by dabbing into paint puddle and circle on a paper towel to disperse the paint into the bristles and remove the excess. You can always go back and add more paint, however, an overloaded brush can cause an instant smudge that is next to impossible to remove from fabric.)
  4. Apply paint with either a pouncing or circular stroke. Let fabric thoroughly dry, at least 36 hours.
  5. Heat set by placing cloth over the stenciling and applying concentrated heat, at the wool setting, for several minutes. Launder or dry clean as you would any delicate fabric.
Can I mix other mediums with Leather Studio™ paint?
Never mix mediums or alcohol with Leather Studio™ paint as it will break down the paint and make it not as flexible.
Can I thin Leather Studio™ paints with water?
Leather Studio paints can be thinned with water, however, too much water will compromise the paint’s adhesion properties.
Can I create a layered border effect with a painted background by taping off an area?
Yes, simply use stencil or painter’s tape to mask off a border. Load a Fabric Creations™ Sponge Cube with Soft Fabric Ink and pounce the color onto the masked area.
Be sure to allow the painted background area to dry thoroughly before stamping over it with a design.
Can I use a stencil when creating with Leather Studio™ paints?
Yes, Leather Studio™ paints work beautifully with stencils and even better with flexible, adhesive stencils. However, because the paint will dry as a film on the stencil, all stencils should be cleaned immediately while Leather Studio paints are wet with warm soapy water.
If Leather Studio™ paints have dried to the stencil, rubbing alcohol may assist in cleaning the stencil.
Can Leather Studio™ paint colors mixed together?
Yes, Leather Studio paints can be mixed with one another to create a new color or values of the same color.
What is the best way to support my fabric project while painting my design?
Placing a wax paper or plastic wrapped cardboard form behind the area to be painted will not only give you a sturdy surface on which to paint, you will also protect the back or additional layers of your project. You may also find it helpful to tape a piece of fine grade sandpaper to the cardboard form; this will keep your fabric from shifting while painting.
Do I need to add a sealer for additional protection?
To further protect your painted surface, you may polish the surface with a neutral shoe polish or any type of household furniture polish. Apply following manufacturer’s instructions.
How long does it take projects painted with Leather Studio™ paints to dry?
Allow all Leather Studio painted project surfaces to dry at least 24 hours before using.
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