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If you are more of a drawer than a painter, then you can use the Derivan Fabric Markers to create hand-drawn designs. This unique double-ended marker has a chisel and bullet for maximum versatility. Use the chisel tip to create large flat lines and the smaller bullet tip for small consistent lines. The clear caps enable you to see the colour no matter what end you look at. Derivan Fabric markers contain a washable ink that is permanents designed not to fade over time. With 13 transparent colours that dry to a matt finish, you are sure to find the right colour for the job at hand. *This product also needs to be set with an iron after leaving for 48hours.
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HOW TO USE FABRIC PENS
FABRIC ART PENS
For best results wash and iron beforehand to remove any sizing. Allow the fabric to dry. The markers will work on cotton, polyester and most fabrics. Please note that colours may not show up on dark coloured fabrics. It is prudent to do a test piece prior to embarking on a large project.
Place the fabric to be decorated on top of a piece paper or cardboard to prevent the markers from bleeding through the cloth. If you are drawing on a T-shirt, place the paper inside the shirt, between the front and back sections. Lay the fabric out on any work surface so it is smooth. It is best to tape the edges to hold the fabric in place while you work.
Colour your material using a plenty of ink. Light marks are more likely to wash out. Saturating the fabric well will guarantee the colour will remain on the fabric. Put aside your creation to let it dry before you set the design with heat. Drying times may range from just a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on how thoroughly you have covered your fabric. Test the surface of the paint to ensure it is dry.
When first applied the white looks very transparent when applied over dark coloured fabrics - leave it to dry for 10 or 15 minutes and it will produce a brilliant opaque white mark. On very porous or open weave fabrics you may need to repeat the application 2 or 3 times to achieve an opaque finish (leaving to dry between applications). Dark Fabrics:
The FabricArt Marker in white makes a great base for all the other colours on dark fabrics. When using Derivan FabricArt Markers on dark coloured fabrics, do your design in the white marker first, as described above, and once dry, apply chosen colours over the top to achieve an opaque finish on dark fabrics.
Set the markers by using either an iron or clothes dryer. Iron: With an iron on cotton setting – press over the design slowly for about 2 to 3 minutes on the reverse side of the fabric. Move the hot iron over the surface evenly.
Dryer: If you prefer to use the dryer, tumble dry on high for about an hour and a half. Tumble dry only the items you have coloured with your fabric markers in the same load to avoid staining other clothing.
Allow 48 hrs. after fixing before washing. Gentle machine-washing in cold water is best. Do not use bleach. Hang to dry.
Store markers in a horizontal position in a cool place -box, pencil case, drawer, etc.- and always replace caps tightly after use.
Before using the markers on your project you will want to wash the fabric first to remove the size this helps with the application of the marker. - If you are drawing on a t-shirt make sure you put a piece of card inside to protect the back of the shirt.
The grain of your fabric is going to affect the way the marker works, with fabric markers, fine grain or smoother fabric is easier to work with. Each type of material is going to react differently to the markers, so it’s a good idea to test the fabric you are using the marker so you can see how absorbents the fabric is.
Fabric painting with a marker is handy especially if you want to use fine lines; Fabric markers are great for colouring in. Use a HB pencil to mark out your design before you start this way you can colour your design in.
Note - if the fabric has a grain to it, you will need to change the angle of marker to work with the grain. Also, be careful not to stop with the marker resting on the fabric as it may bleed if you are hesitating lift the marker up.
Leave your design to dry overnight and heat set after 24 hours.
Create eye-catching wearable works of arts on pillowcases, t-shirts, pencil cases, tote bags if the fabric has been designed for fashion it is also designed for Derivan Fabric markers.
Paints used in fabric printing require heat fixing in order to become washproof. Any type of heat can be used for this purpose. Heat tunnels or ovens may be used, but the most common form of heat fixing is the use of a household iron. The main points to be observed are:
Ensure your design has completely air dried before it is heat fixed.
When heat fixing, apply heat evenly and continu- ously for the required time over the image.
Be sure not to scorch or burn the image or garment by keeping the iron moving constantly. Remove the iron briefly if the garment is getting too hot before continuing.
Use a tea towel or another piece of cotton cloth over the image to iron on. Do not use the iron in direct con- tact with the image.
Heat fix times and temperatures: Please note heat fixing times and temperatures are subject to vary depending on the accuracy of the settings in the appliance to be used. The following is a guide only:
• Cotton, calico, linen, rayon 4-5mins at 140°C -180°C
• Synthetics, nylon, polyester, tetron, acrylic 5-8mins at 115°C -130°C
It is important to remember that valuable projects always warrant a test. Heat fixing tests should always be done on the fabric to determine temperature and time required
to make the image fast (permanent) but without scorch- ing the particular fabric. Test by heat
You’ll need to set the fabric paint with heat. In order for the paint to set permanently into the fabric, it has to be set with heat. Check ahead of time that the fabric you’re using can be treated with heat, since this step ensures that your design will last much longer than without it.