Painted Face

How to Use Fabric Paint

One of my YouTube viewers left a comment on my How to Transfer Designs to Fabric video asking about using the Sulky pens and fabric paint. This was something that I considered doing when I was working with the pens, but I didn’t have access to my paints at the time.

Sulky Iron-On Pen Transfer
Sulky Iron-On Pen Transfer

I have my paints now, so I thought I’d give it a try. It worked out even better than I anticipated. The Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens work very well in creating an outline for the painting. It’s also a bonus that you can re-use the transfer multiple times. If you wanted to create a patterned fabric or make multiple pillows, you can just use the transfer over and over without retracing.

I have quite a collection of acrylic craft paints, but no fabric paint. Thankfully, Plaid makes a product called FolkArt Textile Medium (#794). You simply mix this with the paint and it becomes fabric paint and shouldn’t wash out. Read the instructions on the medium to set your design after it’s dry.

Face Transfer in Hoop
Face Transfer in Hoop

You’ll want to put your fabric in an embroidery hoop to hold it taut. It would be far too difficult to do this process with your fabric moving on you. The hoop worked very well.

I used the Spiral Mask face in this video. I traced it out with the Sulky pen, ironed it onto the fabric and painted it. Check out the video to learn how to use fabric paint.

Links to Products on Amazon

Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens

Plaid FolkArt Textile Medium

12″ Wood Embroidery Hoop

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