PAINTING ON FABRIC

Happy New Year. Although we live in Edinburgh, the home of Hogmanay, we had a really nice quiet time.
This year, for various reasons, including moving house and losing my studio, I will not be doing as much crafting apart from doing the odd demo and writing a few articles. I am also hoping to start small classes and give the profits to a charity.
I am in the process of transferring some posts from my old blog to here and, although I believe the whole thing could be transferred in one easy step I am not confident enough to do this so I am taking my time and will eventually get this done.
This is a T shirt I painted a few years ago. I can’t recommend this paint highly enough as, if you do the prep properly, it will stay on for as many washes as the garment lasts.

I will eventually get around to posting a practice sheet for my painted roses but, meantime, here are a few tips for painting on fabric

  1. Pre-wash the garment prior and let it dry
  2. Do not use fabric conditioner
  3. Place a piece of plastic or card inside the garment to prevent the paint seeping through to the other side
  4. Leave to dry for 48 hours
  5. Wash on a gentle cycle
  6. Hang dry
  7. Clean brushes with soap and water

Decoart also make Fabric Painting Medium, and this converts acrylics to fabric paint. Simply Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part water 

Another item I painted is this vintage shirt with hand sewn silk ribbon roses……I sewed the roses on to a brooch back and can remove it when laundering the shirt.

Happy Painting

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