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.
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.
While painting, can I use water to thin the FolkArt® Fabric™ paints?
It is best NOT to thin FolkArt® Fabric™ paints with water as this will dilute the acrylic polymer of the paint and lesson the adhesion properties. Why produce a great piece of artwork to only watch the design weaken or fade with washing?
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.
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.
On what surfaces can I use FolkArt Glitterific Paint?
Many surfaces can be decorated with FolkArt Glitterific Paint: wood, papier mache, paper or cardstock, canvas, metal, rigid plastics, terra cotta, glassware, ceramics and fabric. Note, however, FolkArt Glitterific Paints will not be permanent on glassware, ceramic, rigid plastic and fabric surfaces and therefore should be used for decorative purposes only.
Do I need to heat set my fabric project when using FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint?
It is recommended that you allow 24 hours for your decorated fabric project to air dry; then heat set. Two heat setting methods are recommended:
Dryer Method: Turn garment inside out; place item in dryer for 30 minutes on highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used.
Iron Method: Place decorated item right side up on ironing board; cover with dry pressing cloth. Set iron to highest setting allowed for fabric used. Place dry iron (no steam) on area pressing for 30 seconds, lift iron moving to another area until all sections are heat set. Keep the iron moving in a small circular motion when heat setting.