Dear readers of Your Colourful Mind,
Some time has passed since we began our collection of useful guidelines around the fabric painting process, and our knowledge has definitely increased.
we today list some general recommendations for the preparation of our fabric painting projects:
First of all: We need some space to work and we need some time!!!
These preconditions are obvious but in our hectic lives often not easy to realize.
Fabric painting is a relaxing activity but you will not be able to calm down and enjoy the creative process if you are sitting at the kitchen table with little space for your fabric supplies and with your hungry children jumping around. In might be better to postpone the painting to a later time. 🙂
And on a very busy day with very little time for yourself it doesn’t make sense to squeeze in some 15 hectic minutes for fabric painting. Again, you better might postpone the activity until you find enough space and time to focus your mind on your fabric painting project.
Fabric painting – Preparation and Equipment
- Use a table which is large enough to accommodate the fabric item and the materials and tools to be used.
- It is ideal if you don’t need the table for other purposes for the duration of your painting project so that you can leave the fabric and your tools lying around during drying periods or creative breaks.
- Protect the table with some paper or a vinyl tablecloth. You can tape it to keep it from sliding around
Painting station board
- A painting station board – a piece of strong cardboard – helps to protect the table or the table cloth.
- But its main functions are
- allowing you to carry painting projects which are still wet to a suitable drying area,
- and making it easy to turn around a project so that you can work on it from different angles.
- If you do a lot of wet painting projects it makes sense to cover the board with vinyl to make it water resistant and easy to clean.
- If you focus more on direct painting techniques with thick paint, a big enough piece of thick cardboard is sufficient. (My cardboard is big enough to place t-shirts and shirts on it but still small enough for moving it around.)
A second piece of cardboard or wax paper
- You need a second piece of cardboard or something similar (e.g., old plastic table mats) if you paint on a two-sided piece of fabric, such as a t-shirt or cushion cover.
- You insert the piece of cardboard or paper into the shirt or the cover to prevent the paint soaking through from the front onto the back side.
- Some techniques like stamping and stencilling also work better on a lightly padded surface such as a cardboard.
- If you regularly paint on t-shirts you can cut the two top corners of a big enough cardboard into rounded “shoulders”. Then cover the cardboard with a large plastic bag and tape it tightly to the board.
- If the cardboard you use is corrugated you can also use it to pin the fabric to keep it in place. (Use safety pins or sewing pins and place one in each corner.
Some cleaning wipes or paper towels
- Wipes, towels or pieces of old clothes should be easy to reach, in case you spill some paint or to keep your hands clean.
- Most fabric paints need heat setting after the painting process,
- but you should also iron the fabric before you start to get any wrinkles out of your way.
- Gloves are not necessary for all painting projects
- but they are useful with some of the wet painting or spraying techniques.
Any further guidelines we should add to the list? – Please, send your suggestions by comment or email!
Enjoy your time,
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