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About Farbric Painting Supplies:

My favorite brand of fabric paint is “Aunt Martha’s” ball point tube paints.  I have tried other brands but I like these best.  They are good quality paints, nice clean colors, and they dry  quickly so that you aren’t wasting your creativity time watching paint dry, which speeds up the process considerably. You can find these paints and fabric painting accessories for purchase on the internet.   Be sure to purchase some plastic tube holders when you get your paints.  These are a plastic sleeve that fits over the end of your tube of paint so that you are able to grip the tube without sqeezing it.  These are a must.  You don’t need a tube holder for each tube of paint.  You can work with 4 or 5 and just switch them to the paint tube you want to use.

You will also need a fabric painting hoop.  It looks and works just like an embroidery hoop, except the inside of the hoop is solid so that you have a surface to paint on top of.  The outer ring fits over the inner piece and holds the fabric taut and in place.

You  need blotter material to put between your painting surface (hoop base) and your fabric.  Places that sell fabric paints and accessories often sell these as well.  I think the are a little on the expensive side.  I have done some experimenting with other materials to use for blotters.  One thing that I have found that works really well is construction paper like you find in art or toy departments of stores.  Use light colors of paper so that you can easily see the pattern that you are painting over if you are working on a thin material like flour sack towels.   Actually, what works best is to use the commercial blotter with a piece of construction paper on top of it, then your fabric.  That way your expensive blotter paper will last indefinately, and you can throw the construction paper away when it gets too “painty”.

Cotton is a perfect farbric  for painting.   The higher the thread count of the farbric, the more easliy your paints will glide on.   However, even a coarser farbric such as flour sack towels are easy enough to paint.  Silk and rayon are also suitable for farbric painting.  Always wash your fabric before painting unless the fabric or item states that is is “ready to dye or paint”.   If your not sure, always wash first.  “Sizing” is used in finishing fabric, and if it is not pre washed, the sizing will keep your paint from adhering well to your fabric and paint will fade exessively when you launder your finished item.   Never use fabric softner or dryer sheets when prewashing or when laundering your painted items.   This will cause your paint to not adhere well to the fabric and will fade the paint.

The easiest way for most people to get a pattern onto fabric will be to use iron on transfer patterns.   You simply transfer the pattern to your fabric with a hot iron.  Then you simply “trace” over the pattern with your paints, and then you have a permenant image of the pattern.   You can find ready to use iron on transfers where ever embroidery or fabric painting supplies are sold.

If you are artistic,  you can draw your own designs for painting.   Once you have created the design you like,  simply make your own iron on transfer with tracing paper and a “transfer pencil”.  Aunt Martha’s brand supplies these as well.  Trace your design on to the tissue paper using the transfer pencil, then iron the design on to your fabric just as you would a premade iron on transfer pattern.

It’s good to have paint tube tip cleaning solvent and extra tips.   These will extend the life of your tube paints and make your projects more enjoyable to work on.

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