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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.
What types of stamps are best for fabric stamping? What inks do I use with fabric?
Although images with fine detail are possible to stamp on fabric, it’s best to choose larger, more graphic images for fabric stamping. Pigment Inks are a good choice for fabric stamping. Another choice is to apply acrylic paint directly to the stamp using a small craft sponge, then press onto the fabric surface. In both cases, the project should be heat-set to increase permanence. Simply toss the fabric into the dryer for 10-20 minutes or iron on the back of the project to heat-set.
Should I prewash the fabric to remove sizing before painting using Fabric Creations Plush?

Yes, prior to being decorated with Fabric Creations Plush, all fabrics should be prewashed using soap and water following the manufacturer’s washing instructions. Most denim fabrics should be washed multiple times in hot water to remove thoroughly the sizing in the fabric. DO NOT use liquid fabric softener or dryer sheet as doing so may prevent the paints from adhering to your fabric properly. If your garment is wrinkled, you may iron the fabric as instructed on the garment label; however, DO NOT use spray starch as that, too, may prevent the paint from adhering to your fabric properly.

Is it necessary to heat-set a fabric project when using Fabric Creations Plush?

Yes, heat-setting fabrics painted with Fabric Creations Plush is necessary to activate the dimensional, plush effect. To heat-set your project and activate the plush effect, follow the instructions below:

  1. Allow the decorated fabric to dry overnight.
  2. Heat an iron to the highest setting allowed for the decorated fabric.
  3. Lay a dry pressing cloth over your ironing board and position project fabric decorated-side down.
  4. Using steam, lightly press the backside of the decorated fabric to activate the dimensional effect of the paint.
    1. Note: If the decorated surface is too difficult to reach when heat-setting from the backside, you can heat-set from the front by holding the heated iron slightly above—not touching— the painted fabric surface and applying steam.
What types of stamps are best for fabric stamping? What inks do I use with fabric?
Although images with fine detail are possible to stamp on fabric, it’s best to choose larger, more graphic images for fabric stamping. Pigment Inks are a good choice for fabric stamping. Another choice is to apply acrylic paint directly to the stamp using a small craft sponge, then press onto the fabric surface. In both cases, the project should be heat-set to increase permanence. Simply toss the fabric into the dryer for 10-20 minutes or iron on the back of the project to heat-set.
How long does it take for the design painted on fabric to dry?
The FolkArt® Fabric™ Brush-on paint will air dry within 24 hours and will be cured in 72 hours.
Is it necessary to heat set my fabric painting project when using FolkArt® Fabric™ Brush-on Paints?
Heat setting is recommended for best durability. Allow the painted design to dry overnight. Place the item in a clothes dryer for 30 minutes on the highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used, OR you may heat set the painted piece using a dry iron and a pressing cloth by laying the pressing cloth over the painted fabric and iron the painted design for 10 seconds, lift the iron and move it to another section of the painted design. Your iron should be set at the highest setting allowed for the fabric used. NOTE: When using the FolkArt® Fabric™ Dimensional paint, you will not be able to heat set by iron, air dry your project for 72 hours and turn your garment inside out and heat set in the dryer for 30 minutes. Dryer is only used for heat setting fabric.
What types of fabrics can I decorative paint on using FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints?
Fabrics such as denims, cottons, poly cotton blends, woven blends, and home décor textiles can be used as surfaces for fabric painting when using FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints.
Should fabric be prewashed before decorating with FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint?
Yes, to remove manufacturer’s sizing, all fabrics should be prewashed using soap and water following washing instructions and most denims should be washed multiple times in hot water.
After washing, dry thoroughly before decorating. When washing and drying, DO NOT use a fabric softener. If needed, iron wrinkles smooth without using spray starch.
What are the three most important features of FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints?
  1. FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints are formulated the same as FolkArt® Acrylics with the same rich, creamy consistency which allows the decorative artist to paint many different techniques including the popular One Stroke™ painting techniques.
  2. FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints are also formulated with the decorative artist in mind. These paints have excellent hide, so that when painting on dark fabrics, your colors will remain bright and not be dulled by the dark fabric showing through the decorative painting.
  3. When painting with FolkArt® Fabric™ Paints, your fabric item will remain soft to the touch when dry. Your painted design will not dry hard, or stiff.
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