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From: carsang2
Date: 02-01-2006, 07:53 PM (1 of 8)
My 91 year old mother is wanting to do a quilt for a new great granchild. She wants to use fabric paints to do nursery rhymes blocks. Has anyone used fabric paint and how did it work? Any advice would be very much appreciated.
User: carsang2
Member since: 12-05-2005
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From: debsews
Date: 02-02-2006, 12:34 PM (2 of 8)
I used Artex years ago to do some pillowcases and a tablecloth. It holds up very well and I think they're still in business. I don't know about other paints at the hobby stores.
User: debsews
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From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 02-03-2006, 12:20 PM (3 of 8)
you can also just use the regular craft paint , there is an additive that you can add to them for painting on fabric but I can't remember the name but I have used it in the past.
User: woodywoodpecker
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-04-2006, 02:31 PM (4 of 8)
I haven't done any in a while, but I used to buy Delta's Starlight Dye .. (bottles looked just like the other acrylic paints, but it was dye and specially good for dark colors) I painted sweats a lot, back then.. All you had to do to set it was toss in a dryer for 20 mins. or press on wrong side with iron.. Never got hard or cracked or anything like that.. Check Michaels or Hobby Lobby or similar stores.. :bg: :bg:
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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 02-05-2006, 07:49 AM (5 of 8)
The best acrylic paints (also known as fabric paints) I have come across are made by Liquitex. They are about $2.50 a bottle. The colors are brilliant and superior to most of the stuff you'd find in a craft store. They used to have it at Walmart, I think now they just sell the Liquitex primary colors in a tube. I don't know what the quality of the tube paints is like but I imagine it would be adequate.

You can heat set them by using a blowdryer or a light iron (not directly, use a pillowcase or something between the iron and the painted fabric). They will not wash out, trust me, I've washed stuff a lot in hot and cold water and it never faded, peeled, or came off.

This is the Liquitex Basics you might find at Walmart.

This is what the Liquitex I like to use looks like, it comes in a small container and they have lots of different colors like gels, shiny, etc.

Liquitex (
User: sewerzzzzzz
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 02-06-2006, 10:57 AM (6 of 8)
I just use my acrylic tole painting paint and mix Fabric Medium with it and it works fine. I have over 200 jars of acrylic paint and just couldn't justify buying more just for fabric.

p.s. Bless your mother for wanting to paint at 91. Sure hope I'm still painting and crafting at that age.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
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From: Sancin
Date: 02-06-2006, 06:01 PM (7 of 8)
Fabric painting is an area I am interested in for the future. As far as I know the best fabric paints are those made with dyes. Dyes come in powdered form and amount of fluid added to them affects the painting.

Here are some sites I have collected. Dharma is also a company that deals with paints and dyes, but I have lost the site address. Google should find it easily - a how to including types of paints - has a number of helpful information leaflets - very interesting site with questions and answers - using natural dyes - colouring book designs - also good for applique - on using crayons to paint - I did this without instructions for the first quilt I ever made for my baby 36 years ago. Would be a cleaner method and not take up so much room.

There are several books on the market - the one I hear most of is a dying and painting book and Cindy (?) is one of the authors.

Good Luck - let us know what she decides to do.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
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From: tiedyejudy
Date: 02-07-2006, 07:54 PM (8 of 8)
Dharma Trading's web address is I use them for my fabric dyes, and they have a wonderful selection of dyes, paints and other fiber arts supplies.

Judy Sall Originals
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