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