Welcome to Fabric Painting Week! I’ve been working hard to share some fun projects with you for the week. Be sure to go to the announcement page to see the week’s official schedule. To begin fabric painting, there are a few concepts that I want to share with you. Fabric painting isn’t rocket science, but the more that you know in advance, the fewer mistakes you’ll make along the way.
Tips for Doing it Right the First Time
1.Fabric paint is FABRIC paint. It’s not meant to be removed. If I make a mistake, it’s now a permanent part of the shirt/pillow/whatever I’m painting. This not only applies to painting mistakes, but it also means to be aware of everything that I’m doing when fabric painting. If I have paint on my hand and I begin to paint a shirt, there’s a good chance that I’ll get the paint on my shirt from my hand. So be aware of wet fabric paint at all times.
2. Clean hands frequently in between paint colors. This goes back to Tip #1. Cleaning hands helps make sure the paint reside is gone.
3. Do a quick sketch of the design prior to painting. When I am fabric painting, I will draw a sketch on a piece of paper. If I like it, I then use a pencil to lightly sketch on my fabric, as well. As long as I am painting over it, a light pencil mark works well.
Tips on Preparation
4. Always have cardboard on hand to place underneath the fabric. The paint will more than likely bleed through- especially the darker the color.
5. Lay out all materials beforehand- brushes, sponges, paint colors, stencils. Pre-organizing helps me stay focused.
Tips for Stenciling with Fabric Paint
6. Stencils can make fabric painting easier. To get the best look when stenciling, begin by applying the paint with a sponge to keep the paint from leaking out under the stencil.
7. After letting the first sponged coat dry, add a second coat with a brush for maximum coverage.
8. I own a die-cutting machine, so an awesome way to stencil is to cut out a shape with vinyl. The vinyl (removable kind) sticks to the fabric, doesn’t allow bleeding, and comes off easily.
9. Let paint dry for times listed on fabric paint bottle. Seriously.
10. Heat set the fabric paint to protect it in the washing machine. I’ve seen heat setting done one of two ways. a) Holding a hot iron over the painted section without touching the paint. This is especially effective for “Puffy” Paints (the three dimensional fabric paint). b) Turning the garment inside out and ironing over the fabric for five minutes or so. Wait at least 24 hours after painting to heat set. Last year I was able to try out a new iron that’s perfect for sewing and fabric projects. Check out the Hamilton Beach iron.
11. Play around with embellishments. I’ve added embroidery, bows, jewels, cloth, etc. to my fabric paint projects. It’s fun to experiment!
Are you looking for a few fabric paint projects to try? Check out the following: