Monday, February 19, 2007

How to make craft/acrylic paint fabric friendly

Barbara asks:
Can I use my craft paints on clothes? I'd love to decorate some of my old jeans.

Yes, you can make craft paint fabric friendly! What you need is a special product called Textile Medium. This basically causes the paint to bond with the fibers and when heatset will be permanent. You have to heatset most textiles mediums at a temperature of 250 degrees (F). You can do this with either an iron or your oven. Most home clothes dryers don't reach a temperature of 250 degrees but commercial dryers can. The bottle of textile medium will give you the directions for that particular brand. Textile medium can usually be found in with the craft paints at your local hobby store.

Have fun!

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