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Is FolkArt® paint acid free?
Yes.
Can I use FolkArt® and Apple Barrel paint on plaster?
Yes, you can use both FolkArt® and Apple Barrel paint on plaster. However, because plaster is very porous and sometimes dusty, you will need to first seal the piece with a clear acrylic matte spray sealer.
How resistant to fading are FolkArt® Acrylic Colors and FolkArt® Artists' Pigments?
Paints are rated on a light-fastness scale that runs from 1 to 5.

1=Excellent
2=Very good
3=Good
4=Fair
5=Poor

All of the FolkArt Acrylic Colors and FolkArt Artists' Pigments are rated Excellent or Very Good (1 or 2). These paints are made from some of the purest pigment available, which results in its superior quality.

What is the difference between FolkArt® and Apple Barrel paint?
Apple Barrel is an all-purpose acrylic craft paint. It works great on craft surfaces including Styrofoam, wood, paper, terra cotta and canvas.

FolkArt paint is a high quality pre-mixed acrylic paint with a rich and creamy consistency. FolkArt is a favorite of decorative painters and artists.
I want to paint on fabric using FolkArt® Acrylic Colors. How do I make sure it will adhere and remain durable?
When using FolkArt® Acrylic Colors or Apple Barrel paint on fabric we suggest that you also use our FolkArt Textile Medium. The medium helps to keep the paint soft, flexible, and fade resistant.
When using FolkArt, FolkArt Artists’ Pigments, or Apple Barrel paints, create a combination of 2 parts paint to 1 part Textile Medium. For FolkArt Metallics, you will need 3 parts paint to 1 part Textile Medium. When painitng with metallics mix 1 part to 3 parts paint to 1 part Textile Medium.

Follow the steps below when painting on fabric:
  1. Pre-wash your fabric with soap and water. Do not use fabric softener. Line dry or use dryer but do not use a dryer sheet. If necessary iron wrinkles; do not use spray starch. It is not necessary to pre-wash decorative fabrics.
  2. Pre-mix your paints with the FolkArt Textile Medium.
  3. Scoop your paint onto your brush and then spread the paint. You need to use a lot of paint when painting on fabric to ensure that the paint goes into the fibers. For very heavy or coarse material, you may want to scrub the paint into the fibers. (If you are painting with One Stroke, you will need to load your brush very heavily. You can go over the area if needed, but you’ll need to do so while the paint is still wet.)

Heat Setting Your Fabric
Wait 24 hours after you have painted your project before heat setting. To make the paint adhere to the fibers and to make it more durable for washing use a cloth that has been dampened with white vinegar - a piece of old sheet works great. Place the cloth over the painting. Then, using a dry setting on your iron, steam the vinegar soaked cloth to set the paint.

Caring for your Painted Fabric
If you must wash your project, we suggest that you wait 72 hours and then wash in a mild soap such as Ivory Snow. Do not use a heavy detergent or Woolite.

What are scrollers or script brushes and how are they used?
Scrollers are liner brushes with longer hair. Liner, scroller, or script brushes are fine, round, pointed brushes used for detail work. Liners have shorter hairs than scroller or script brushes. All of these come in several sizes.
What are round brushes and how are they used?
Round brushes have longer hairs and are put in a round ferrule. They are used for base painting, floating color and for a multitude of stroke formations.
What is a shader brush and how is it used?
Shader brushes are flat brushes with fine chiseled edges and shorter hair than regular flat brushes. They are used for base painting areas, for certain types of strokes, and for floating color. They come in a wide range of sizes. One or more in small, medium and large sizes are generally needed.
What are filbert brushes and how are they used?
Filberts are round brushes that are put into a flat ferrule. Sometimes these are easier to use than the rounds. For instance, they make it easier to start off the comma strokes because the hairs are already spread out. As you pull away from the surface to finish your stroke, you can slightly turn this type brush to the side to make a tiny tail to your comma stroke.
What is scumble?
Scumble is a thin application of opaque color scrubbed over an area to change the tone, temperature or value.
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