Is it necessary to heat set FolkArt Watercolor Acrylic Paint when painted on fabric?
Yes, heat-setting will ensure the durability of your FolkArt Watercolor fabric project. Follow the instructions below to heat-set your project.
- 1Allow the decorated fabric to dry 24 hours.
- Heat set the painted surface using a dry iron set to the highest setting allowed for the fabric and a pressing cloth. Do NOT use steam.
- Position the project fabric decorated-side up, then lay a pressing cloth over the fabric and lightly press the decorated fabric area for 30 seconds.
- Lift the iron and move to another section; continue until the entire design area has been heat-set.
Do I need to support or back my fabric project while painting with FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint?
It is best to provide a firm painting surface such as wax covered cardboard between your fabric project and your work surface.
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.
Do I have to use a medium when fabric painting using FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint?
Yes, for best results, it is recommended to use the waterbase FolkArt Textile Medium with FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint when painting on fabric.
Shake medium well, mix 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. Can be applied through stencil or hand painted. Clean up while wet with soap and water.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Pre-mix your paints with the FolkArt Textile Medium.
- 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 the best way to apply FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint to fabric surfaces?
When applying FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint premixed with FolkArt Textile Medium, use a moderately heavy application. Moderate to heavy paint applications will have greater durability.
Can I thin the FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint fabric painting mixture with water to achieve different painted effects?
Yes, the fabric painted mixture (1 part FolkArt Textile Medium – 2 parts FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint), can be thinned with water to create detail linework. It can also be “spritzed” onto fabric using a clean pump spray bottle.
On what types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Marbling Paint?
Many surfaces can be decorated with FolkArt Marbling Paint: wood, papier mache, paper, canvas, metal, glassware, glazed ceramics, hard plastic, terracotta and fabric.
If attempting to marbleize a sealed surface such as glassware, glazed ceramics, or hard plastic, the surface should be kept for decorative use only, as surfaces painted with FolkArt Marbling Paint are not washable. The same goes for marbleizing fabric surfaces; FolkArt Marbling Paint is not washable on a fabric surface.
Since FolkArt® Texture paint can be applied to porous surfaces, does that mean I can apply it to fabric?
No, FolkArt® Texture Paint is not recommended for fabric application.