Fabric paint or textile paint is a specially formulated combination of pigments and devised base specifically for painting or colouring fabric. It has also been used with some success on other materials such as wood, paper, bisque plates, plaster of Paris and metal.
Adorning useful textile items with patterns, designs & colour have been around for centuries and now modern technology has brought that art into our own homes where individuals may express their own creativity. It is 1 of the most inexpensive crafts available and may used for cushions, curtains, duvet covers, tray and place mats.
Following simple instructions and basic rules, anyone can produce a work of art that is both satisfying and useful. Textile painting is therapeutic and rewarding in this day of high costs and stress. Developing your own style and talent might be profitable as well in producing colourful tablecloths and cushions for friends and for gifts at special occasions such as birthdays and Xmas. The hand-made touch is just so much more special than a bought item.
Fabric paint is water-based and all cleaning up is done with water. Brushes are washed in water.
Paint may be diluted with water (this will cause bleeding into the fabric) for covering large areas of paler colour. The colour or pigments are applied to the fabric via the paint base (called Cut Clear or Clear Extender Medium) and is made permanent by applying heat. Always try to start with the lightest colour 1st and add shading while wet.
High quality fabric paints should be stored in airtight screw top jars to prevent paint from deteriorating. Flip top atchar jars are not recommended.
Should paint thicken, add a small amount of distilled water and stirr thoroughly. Should a mould may develop on the surface, scoop it off and add a few drops of disinfectant (Savlon).
The character of the paint is similar to Acrylics paints. Undiluted, it does not flow as easily as watercolours. Unlike "craft" paints, it is not opaque, but translucent. Only a few of the colours are designed to be opaque. The paints have different finishes: Transparent, Opaque, Pearl, Metallic, Puff and Liquid-Colourmist.
This page has been updated on the 2016-04-12.