Fabric paint is fantastic for kids crafts use and preschoolers love it!
It's easy to use and kids can create, paint and draw all at the same time.
They can create unique gifts, mementos, transform their clothing and shoes or even decorate the curtains and lamp shade in their own bedrooms.
Essentially it's colored pigments suspended in a glue-like binder formulated to adhere to textiles. It's not to be confused with fabric dye.
Avoid using synthetics and treated fabrics.
4 Tips for preparing fabric for painting:
Painting on fabric is fun and kids love experimenting with different application methods to achieve fantastic and varied results - artwork they can proudly wear or give away as unique and special gifts.
8 Tips for the best results:
Heat setting the painted fabric may be necessary to make the design permanent. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations.
Prior to heat setting it's important to allow the paint to dry completely - for up to 72 hours in some cases.
Heat setting can be done in many ways by using an iron, oven, clothes dryer, or hair dryer for example, but for best results always follow the manufacturers directions carefully.
After the paint has been heat set, some manufacturers recommend that the fabric be left to cure for up to 2 weeks prior to washing.
When washing the garment - turn it inside out. Line dry garment - avoid using the clothes dryer.
By heat setting the paint properly and carefully treating the finished project, your kids can enjoy their creations for years to come.
Paints for fabric, are available in many forms - including pens, tubes, tubs and spray on.
They range from glowy neon, metallics, pearlescents, glow-in-the-dark or even puffy paints.
Which type you decide to buy will depend on your budget, the age of your child, the type of fabric you have on hand or the designs they want to try and create.
Other types such as acrylics can be used for painting on fabric by adding a fabric medium.
Alternatively, make your own paint. Click here for easy recipes.
When purchasing any form of paint or craft product, ensure that the label states that it is non-toxic and that it conforms to the applicable standards for your region.
When painting on fabric, ensure that your kids either wear old clothes, an apron or paint smock to prevent stains on their clothing...or any other fabric!
If paint is applied to fabric accidentally, wash it out immediately with water.
Click here for more clean up tips.