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Should I use water to thin the Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink?
No, Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks are formulated in the perfect consistency to be used directly from the bottle.
Thinning these paints with water will not only dilute the paint possibly causing bleed through when stamping; it will also lessen the adhesion properties of the paint and possibly create a dirty unusable stamp because the thinned paint will flow into the delicate recessed areas of the stamp rather than sitting on the raised design lines.
What is the best way to clean up my supplies or a small painted mistake when I am fabric painting?
FolkArt® Fabric™ paints are water soluble and clean up is easy using soap and water to clean your brushes. While painting, if a mistake is made, try incorporating the dot of paint into the design by adding another flower or a lady bug, etc. However, if you begin cleaning the wet, misplaced drop of paint quickly using soap and water, the mistake can be cleaned up.
What is the best way to clean up my supplies or a small painted mistake when I am fabric painting?
FolkArt® Fabric™ paints are water soluble and clean up is easy using soap and water to clean your brushes. While painting, if a mistake is made, try incorporating the dot of paint into the design by adding another flower or a lady bug, etc. However, if you begin cleaning the wet, misplaced drop of paint quickly using soap and water, the mistake can be cleaned up.
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.
Should I prewash the fabric to remove sizing before painting using Fabric Creations Fantasy Glitter Fabric Paints?

Yes, 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 paint 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.

What do I need to know about painting on garments or other fabrics when using the One Stroke™ Technique?
Preparing Garments:
Wash and dry the garment according to manufacturer's instructions before painting. This will remove sizing and excess dye and guard against shrinkage after painting. Do not use fabric softener. Iron the garment so it's smooth.
Using and Placing Patterns:
  1. It's a good idea to plan the placement of the pattern before you transfer it to the garment. Pin the pattern where you'd like it to go. Try the garment on and observe in mirror to achieve ideal placement.
  2. Trace the original pattern onto tracing paper with a pencil or pen.
  3. To transfer, place the item to be painted on your work surface and lay the traced pattern in position on project. Slip transfer paper between pattern and item. Trace pattern with stylus to transfer it.
Using a Shirtboard:
Place a cardboard shirtboard inside the garment so you'll have a firm surface for painting and your paint won't bleed through to the back of the garment. Use masking tape to fasten excess fabric to the back of the shirtboard, out of your way. Your painting surface should be taut and flat, but not stretched out of shape. You can make your own shirtboard by cutting a piece of cardboard large enough to fit inside the garment. Cover the cardboard with plastic wrap.
If you prefer not to use FolkArt® Fabric paint, you can create your own fabric paint using regular FolkArt acrylic colors.
Mixing FolkArt Acrylic Colors with Textile Medium When Painting with One Stroke™:
Mix 1 part FolkArt® Textile Medium and 1 part FolkArt® Acrylic paint as directed on the FolkArt® Textile Medium label.
Testing Your Fabric:
Each fabric takes paint a little differently. Some fabrics require more paint; for others a little will be enough. Before painting your design, apply a little bit of paint in an inconspicuous part of the garment, such as a seam allowance or hem. If that's not possible, use a clean paint brush to dab a small amount of water on the fabric to see how the fabric absorbs it.
Heat Setting Your Painting:
Let painted garment dry 24 hours. Place a pressing cloth over painted design. Iron 30 seconds over pressing cloth with iron on highest appropriate setting for fabric.
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.
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