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On what types of surfaces can I use Apple Barrel Pouring Medium
Many surfaces can be decorated with Apple Barrel Pouring Medium, when premixed with Apple Barrel Acrylic paints, such as wood, papier mache, paper (for notecards), canvas, metal, and terra cotta.  If attempting to marbleize a sealed surface such as glassware, glazed ceramics, or hard plastic, please note that the surface should be kept as a “decorative use only” surface as it will not be able to be washed.  The same goes for marbleizing fabric surfaces such as a tote bag; Apple Barrel Pouring Medium is not washable on a fabric surface.
How can I clean my brushes after using Apple Barrel Paints?
Apple Barrel Paints are a water base paint, so clean up is simple with soap and water.
How long does it take Apple Barrel Pouring Medium to dry?
Although the mixture of Apple Barrel Pouring Medium and Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints begins to set up soon after marbling and may be dry to the touch within approximately 1 hour, the project surface may not be completely dried until 24 hours after the pour.  Variables such as the type of surface being marbled, the thickness of paint application and the humidity of the work area will all affect the individual drying time of each marbled project. 
 
What are the best tools to use when working with Apple Barrel Pouring Medium?
A variety of miscellaneous tools can be used to create marbled effects using Apple Barrel Pouring Medium and Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints.  Tools to swirl paints such as: Popsicle sticks, wood skewers, an artist stylus, etc. are all helpful.  Push pins, raised platforms, or tin cans or bottles can all be used as risers to keep the project surface off of the work table and allow excess paint to drip freely.  And lastly, tools to use on the work surface such as cardboard box lids, or aluminum pans can be used on the work surface to catch excess paint drips.
 
How do I cure glass or ceramics painted with Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint?
There are two types of curing methods that can be used with Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint: baking and air drying. NOTE: Please use the bake method for items you intend to wash in the top rack of your dishwasher. 

Bake Method:
  1. Allow painted item to dry for 24 hours to be sure all layers of paint have dried.
  2. Place project in a cool oven, as the glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage; do not place glass in a hot oven.
  3. Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
  4. Once temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the project to bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let glass cool down completely before removing from the oven.
  6. Do not use for 72 hours.
Air Dry Method: Paint is cured to the surface after 21 days; however, the air-dried projects are NOT suitable for use in the top rack of your dishwasher. 

Learn more about how to cure your painted glass projects.
How should I prepare surfaces before painting with Apple Barrel Pouring Medium?
Apple Barrel Pouring Medium does not require a lot of surface prep.  The main concern is to have the surface thoroughly cleaned well prior to painting.  You may also find it easier to create a marbled effect over a surface that has been basecoated with Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint.
  • Wood – If desired, sand smooth any rough areas prior to painting.
  • Terra Cotta – Wipe to remove dust.  If the terra cotta has been previously used, be sure to thoroughly clean in warm soapy water to remove all dirt deposits and allow to dry completely.   If the terra cotta flower pot will be used with a live plant, seal interior prior to planting so water does not seep through possibly blistering exterior paint.  
  • Metal and Tinware– Metal that has been enameled or sealed should be washed in warm soapy water, dried and then wiped with rubbing alcohol to remove remaining grease or soap residue.
  • Canvas – No prep required prior to painting on canvas.
  • Papier Mache – Wipe over surface with dry paper towel to remove dust.
  • Glass and Ceramics – Wash surface well in warm soapy water, rinse and allow to dry thoroughly.  Wipe over surface with rubbing alcohol to remove remaining soap or grease residue.
  • Bisque or Unglazed Ceramics – Wipe to remove dust or loose dirt.
When applying paper to clay pots, how can I prevent water from leaking through?
Basecoat the inside of the pot with FolkArt Ourdoor Acrylics or Apple Barrel Gloss and coat in outdoor sealer to prevent water from leaking through.
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 is Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gloss Spray Medium?
This is a waterbased medium that must be used to prepare Martha Stewart Crafts High Gloss, Metallic, or Pearl Craft Paint for use with the Martha Stewart Crafts Spray Paint Kit.
What is Martha Stewart Crafts ® High Gloss Finish?
This is a waterbased indoor/outdoor finish that gives a brilliant shine to projects. Use as a top coat to seal and protect decorated surfaces.
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