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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wherein I try a new fabric paint

The new paint: Pebeo Setacolor (purchased at Blick Art Supplies).

Pros:
-Applies nicely with a paint brush and looks professional. It's easy to fit a small paint brush into the pot.
-Gets good coverage in the first coat, although more coats on darker fabrics, or touch-up may be necessary.
-Washes and dries well *if* you get good coverage and have sufficiently heat-set the paint.

Cons:
-Neither the bottle nor the manufacturer's website seem to tell how to do the heat setting.
-The paint has a strong smell when heated.
-More expensive than the craft paint.
-Paint will fade after the first wash if not heat-set enough.

The old paint: Scribbles (purchased at craft/hobby store).

Pros:
-Less expensive.
-Easy to use. Requires no heat setting and the squeeze bottle could be used to apply paint directly to the fabric (although I always used a paintbrush or sponge.)
-Washes and dries fairly well (i.e. it does not come off.)

Cons:
-May require multiple coats.
- Paint tends to crack over time after several washes. This is especially true if the paint was thick.
- Looks like craft paint (doesn't look like professional garment paint).
- Paint likes stick to itself.
-The paint descriptions are poorly worded. I accidentally bought a few bottles of translucent paint and couldn't tell by the label.


I tried the new paint first on this shirt for my husband:

Freezer paper stencil.

I used one coat and heat set this with my iron (placing a muslin press cloth in between the fabric and iron.)




Considering the amount of work that stencil took, I was sorely disappointed it faded so much in the first wash. The photo doesn't show the fading very well.

Adding another coat and longer heat setting would have helped.



So, I tried the paint again on a few more shirts, making sure to heat it very, very thoroughly with the iron on both the back and front sides (always with the press cloth). This did the trick, as all of these have now been through the washer and dryer with no fading. Yay!

The finish is smooth and not glossy like the craft paint is. It doesn't stick to itself when the shirt folds over on itself.




Is my 13 year old excited to have his picture taken for my blog? Not so much.



And my stair steps all got birthday shirts, since they have birthdays within 3 weeks of each other.



The mustache is an applique.

The girls' t-shirts are all Ottobre and the boys'/mens' are Jalie.

15 comments:

  1. I just tried painting for the first time last night! I really didn't know how to set with heat, so I did it with my hair dryer first before thinking of my iron. I hope between the two that it was enough! I made a sport jersey for my son again and this time painted something fun on it. How did you make your stencil? Did you cut out the letters with an exacto knife? My son wanted something really detailed with letters, but I couldn't manage all that yet and went for something bigger with no writing.

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    1. I used an exacto knife on my cutting mat. I don't know if there's any other trick to it than that...other than patience with the tedium... (:

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  2. I'm impressed with the quality of your freezer paper stencil! I've tried mod podge screenprinting, but never that stencil method. But a friend and I are plotting future baby gifts for another friend who's trying to get pregnant, and it looks like the stencil route may be way easier than making all of those screens. Do you have a particular method for getting the smaller inner bits of letters, or the stencil in general, to stay in place?

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    1. Stenciling is such a great way to personalize gifts. I don't know how familiar you are with freezer paper stenciling, but the freezer paper is ironed to the fabric. The waxy/plasticy side adheres and needs to be peeled off. So, those tiny bits are also ironed to the fabric and they stay there quite well. The trick is keeping track of the small pieces until you do get them ironed to the fabric!

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    2. I've never done freezer paper stencils, so that's good to know. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try it sometime!

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  3. I love the birthday shirt idea, I need to start it before mine get too old! (you seem to be missing 1 child in your tees and #'s shots though, lol) :)
    Thanks for the info on the paints too! I also use a exacto knife on my cutting mat - hurts the fingers after awhile ;-)

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    1. The birthday shirts have been a lot of fun. They totally expect to get a shirt every birthday, now. It's more a matter of "what is it going to look like?".

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  4. They look great. I love the idea of hand-stamping my fabric but I've been a bit leery of putting in all that work on something that may not last through a few washes. Thanks for the paint reviews!

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    1. Thanks, Masha. After all the work it takes (although it's definitely much easier once you get the hang of it) I certainly want the paint to last!

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  5. Maybe Pi's photos should be only from the chin down? Nah. Then we wouldn't know it was him.

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  6. It 's really great that you did this post as I didn't think we could get this product in the UK but it turns out after a search we can and at a not too ridiculous price too! I thought it achieved such a good solid effect if you follow the tips regarding heat setting etc. It's difficult to know what to make the teenage boys/men in my life and I've thought of some really great personalisation ideas thanks to this post. All I need now is to devote my entire life to crafting and sewing so that I have the time to make all the stuff in my head!!

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    1. Philippa, I think you've found the key: entire devotion to crating and sewing, hehe! I love being able to paint shirts, since the boys tend to outgrow cute printed fabric pretty fast, and then what am I left with (that is still interesting to me?)!

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  7. btw big happy birthday to all your kids :)

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  8. They look excellent. I really like the concept of hand-stamping on fabric.looks great

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