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There are several brands of dimensional fabric paint on the market and they are readily available at all craft stores in many colors. Be sure to read the instructions on the bottle in regards to washing and ironing fabrics after using the paint.
Ok, here we go!
Supplies you need: dimensional fabric paint in your color choice, fabric, pencil and paper towel
Transfer your design to your fabric. In this case I am using muslin so it is very transparent. I simply laid the muslin over my fabric and traced the lines with a pencil. You can also use a lightbox or tape the fabric and design onto a window to make seeing and tracing the lines easier.
Before starting, shake your bottle of paint, especially if its been sitting for a while. Then gently tap the tip of the tube (without the cap) on your paper towel. This will bring the paint down to the tip and will help avoid any air bubbles while you’re working on your project. Make a few test scribbles on your paper towel. You want a gentle, even pressure. Enough for the paint to disperse in a continuous, thin line. If you find that the paint is coming out of the tube rapidly on its own, just continue to wipe it off on your paper towel until it stops.
When you work on your project, follow your lines working top to bottom and left to right (right to left if you’re left handed). This will prevent you smudging wet paint trying to work over areas already completed. Place the tip of the bottle on the fabric on an angle when painting. Holding the tube above the fabric can result in the paint to ‘float’ above the fabric and therefore it will come right off when dry.
When the project is complete, be sure to let dry completely. The brand that I use does not require heat setting, but please check your brand. Most brands require about 24 hours to totally air dry, and 72 hours before washing.
Submitted by Marnie Perry