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FAQs

How should I apply Leather Studio™ paint to my project surface?
Squeeze a small amount of Leather Studio™ paint onto a foam plate or disposable palette. Using a soft bristled paintbrush or foam brush, apply paint using long, smooth strokes applied in the same direction; starting along the edges. Work quickly and do not try to get perfect coverage with the first coat.
Overworking the strokes as the paint is drying will cause the strokes to drag pulling color off of the surface. Let paint dry for at least one hour or until it feels dry to the touch before applying additional coat(s).
How should I care for my paint brushes to make them last longer and ensure better performance?
Proper cleaning and care makes brushes last longer and perform better. Wood and paper are hardest on brushes and will tend to make your brushes wear faster.
  1. Thoroughly rinse the brush with water, using the grid at the bottom on the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze Brush Plus® brush cleaner or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner into the bristles and work it in with your fingers all the way to the ferrule. Rinse with water. Repeat if needed.
  3. After you have cleaned your brushes, use Brush Plus or FolkArt® Brush Cleaner & Conditioner to resize them. Work it in back and forth to get enough cleaner into the bristles to reshape them.
  4. Pull the bristles between your fingers to re-shape a chisel. With a flat brush you may need to do this a couple of times for the medium to start to set up.
  5. Make sure that your bristles are not touching a surface when drying.
  6. Store brushes with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
Here are some other tips for making your brushes last longer.
  • Don't allow paint to dry in your brush.
  • As you paint, occasionally rinse the bristles with water.
  • Store brushes in the Brush Basin® or in a container that allows brushes to retain their form and be separated from each other.
What does color intensity mean?
Intensity is the strength or concentration of a color.
Do I need to seal my ink-jet printouts before applying Mod Podge?
Yes, you will need to seal your ink-jet print with a matte acrylic sealer such as Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer, before using Mod Podge. Spray a very light coat, let dry and spray again.
How can I preserve a paper stencil for longer life?
You might try spray sealing both sides of the paper stencil prior to stenciling the first time. If you know ahead of time that you might repeat this design several times, or if you are planning to use a heavy paint application technique, it is a good idea to spray seal the stencil to provide a little added protection.
How do I find the middle of my fabric?
Fold your fabric in half horizontally, and then in half vertically. The point where your folds meet is the middle.
How do you create a lazy daisy stitch for embroidery or cross stitch?
These fun stitches are decorative loops held in place with a tack stitch at the end of the loop.
Bring needle up at A. Make a loose loop with the thread and insert needle back in A and bring point of needle up at B (just inside loop). Pull needle out at B and insert back in at B, over the loop.
How do you paint a One Stroke™ pansy?
Paint individual shell-shaped petals using a flat brush loaded with Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White. Start at left side of petal. Pull brush in a curve as you wiggle. End on chisel.
Make 5 overlapping shell-shaped petals.
Add individual teardrop-shaped petals at bottom of pansy.
How should I apply Leather Studio™ paints?
When painting vinyl and leather surfaces with Leather Studio paints, a thin application of paint is best.
How should I clean my decorative painting brushes?
Proper cleaning and care of brushes will not only make them last longer but also make them perform as they were designed to perform.
  1. Thoroughly clean the brush with water using the grid in the bottom of the Brush Basin®.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner onto your brush.
  3. Place the brush scrubber in the palm of your hand, choose the correct height of scrubber teeth for your brush, then move the brush back and forth under the running water until the water runs clear.
  4. After cleaning, apply a small amount of Brush Plus Cleaner & Conditioner and reshape using your thumb and forefinger. Store with bristles upright in a cup or brush caddy.
More brush tips:
  • Do not allow paint to dry in the brush.
  • As you paint, rinse bristles out occasionally with water.
  • Store the brush upright in the Brush Basin® or in a container that will allow the brushes to retain their form and to be separate from one another.
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