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FABRIC ART PAINT
The range also includes 3 fluorescent colours that become luminous under UV light and look great on both light and dark fabrics. If you are more of a drawer than a painter then you can use the Fabric Art 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 larger flat lines and the smaller bullet tip for smaller consistent lines. The clear caps enable you to see the colour no matter what end you look at.
Tools You will Need For Fabric Painting
Card to protect your surface in case the fabric bleeds.
Tips & Tricks:
For Creating Fabric Paint
Create a test strip of Fabric to test the fabric paint
When creating your design a good tip is to draw a design on fabric lightly with an HB pencil, then use the brush to apply the paint to the desired areas. When you wash the fabric after heat-setting, the pencil marks will wash away leaving your design behind.
If you are painting a t-shirt, we recommend that you place a thick piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to ensure that the paint doesn’t seep through to the back.
Stretching the t-shirt tautly over the cardboard with painters tape will also help prevent the fabric from moving while you create your art!
What type of Fabric? SUITABLE TEXTILES
Cotton, cotton-poly blends, woven, knitted, felt, terry cloth, silk, velvet, velveteen, corduroy, flannel, suede, leather and most synthetics.
You can hand paint using Derivan fabric paint onto any fabric but you will get the best results from natural fibres such as 100% cotton hemp, linen silk etc avoid waterproof fabrics as they tend to inhibit penetration of the paints thus affect- ing washability. Wool in general should be avoided unless thoroughly cleaned as the wool grease (lanolin) can repel.
What about Coloured Fabric
When you paint on coloured cloth you will find the fabric paint colours wont be as bright– you will have to add many layers for it to look somewhat obvious. The solution is to paint a layer of white under the design once it is completely dry paint the design as you wish on top of this . This will make it more visible. Or mix your colours, if you are painting on dark colours you need opacity the best opacifyer is white.
Before you start
using fabric Paint....
Pre-wash the fabric to remove sizing (it interferes with adhesion) and leave to dry.
Test your design on a separate piece - each fabric has a different absorbency and will affect paint handling
Adjust paint to desired consistency using distilled water if necessary - do not over-thin
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.
When creating a fabric art, a good tip is to draw a design on fabric lightly with a HB pencil, then use the brush to apply the paint to the desired areas. When you wash the fabric after heat-setting, the pencil marks will wash away leaving your design behind. If you are painting a t-shirt, we recommend that you place a thick piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to ensure that the paint doesn’t seep through to the back. Stretching the t-shirt tautly over the cardboard with pegs will also help prevent the fabric from moving while you create your art!
Derivan Fabric Art Paint washes up in water (before it is heat set) but has excellent rub resistance and lightfastness once heat set. Heat fixing times and temperatures vary, however, a guide is as follows:
Cotton, calico, linen, rayon - 4-5 mins at 140ºC - 180ºC
Synthetics, nylon, polyester, tetron, acrylic - 5-8 mins at 115ºC - 130ºC
Wash all utensils, brushes and hands with soap and water to clean up. Important projects warrant testing to determine maximum temperature to make image fast and avoid scorching. Test by heat fixing a test strip and washing in heavy duty cycle.
Derivan FabricArt is the newest way to make your mark. These three products have been designed for you to customise and create unique designs on most fabrics. All you need is Derivan FabricArt and some creative spirit to transform fabric items such as t-shirts, canvas shoes and pillowcases into unique and wearable statements.
The first product in the range is the Derivan FabricArt Paint. This safe, non-toxic water based paint is the first step in creating larger areas of colour on any fabric. All you do is apply with a brush, allow to dry for 48 hours, then heat set with an iron to ensure that it will remain colourfast when washed. All colours can be mixed to create a spectrum of shades only limited by your imagination. The range also includes 3 fluorescent colours that become luminous under UV light and look great on both light and dark fabrics.
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