How Can I Make Fabric Paint Not Be Stiff?

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Painting on fabric is easy to do with acrylic paints. Sometimes fabric painting can leave the fabric stiff, and this makes the painted fabric item less appealing. There are a few ways to get around this problem, however. One of the biggest preventive methods is to use care in selecting fabric paint. Some fabric paints are known for leaving a stiff effect, while others specialize in softness.

Things You'll Need

  • Sodium alginate
  • Fabric dye
  • Golden fabric medium
  • SoSoft Acrylic fabric paint
  • Jacquard fabric paint

Using Acrylic Paint

  • Mix acrylic paint with Golden fabric medium according to directions included with the medium.

  • Apply the paint to fabric.

  • Allow fabric and paint to dry thoroughly.

  • Place protective towel or other surface over ironing board.

  • Turn the fabric over and iron from the back side to set paint and soften in one step.

Brand Specific Paint

Dye Method

  • Purchase fabric dyes and sodium alginate. Mix dyes according to package directions.

  • Mix dyes according to package directions.

  • Add sodium alginate according to the directions included with it.

  • Allow the sodium alginate to set and thicken the dye to the desired thickness for painting.

  • Paint using the thickened dye. No heat set needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some fabric paint will stick to the usual cardboard form used for decorating T-shirts. This can be prevented by using a nonstick surface, such as foil or plastic, between the fabric and the cardboard.
  • Protect work surfaces from fabric paint and dyes. These substances can be difficult to remove.

References

  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
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