Unable to find the perfect fabric for your project? Why not make your own instead of choosing the next best thing to do? Creating fabric templates is easier than you think, and you have full control over the basic fabric, color, and pattern options.
Unfortunately, people who have acrylic stains on their clothes know that once they are dry, they cannot be removed. You may be wondering why you need to use fabric paint/ink or plain acrylic paint. Fabric paint has a medium that suspends acrylic and leaves a smooth, non-brittle surface when dry. Using acrylic straight from the tube leaves a rough, hard surface. However, with Fabric Medium, the texture is smooth and it moves and stretches with the fabric.
Please note that most prepackaged textile dyes and inks are translucent, if not perfect. Dark/black fabrics do not show translucent hues and are ideal for light-colored fabrics. Also, ink color and fabric color interact, so if you understand the basics of the color wheel, no problem. So if you want to dye a blue cloth with a red cloth and a purple cloth.
Mix the colors of the dough! You must specify the color that milky white uses, usually white. Mix child with medium dough (follow manufacturer’s directions for a ratio of colored dough to the medium dough). Your Custom Made Stencils color.
Cover the surface and secure the cloth with painter’s tape. Make sure the fabric structure is oriented so that the finished graphic is oriented correctly. If you’re using stretch fabric, try the freezer paper trick again before loading the paper.
If you need clear results, it is important to use an adhesive (replaceable) spray when applying the Custom Made Stencils to the fabric. The fabric has some elasticity and can move and slide during dyeing.
The fabric absorbs the color and must be layered. Apply a thin layer on top of the first layer and let it dry for a few minutes. This seals the surface and minimizes color staining on the back of the fabric.
With care, a high-quality Mylar stencil will last a long time, but proper cleaning and maintenance of the Custom Plastic Stencils between uses are important. Any paint left on the edges will degrade the quality of the stencil artwork, and if the stencil is stored improperly, the intricate parts of the stencil may bend or warp and not lie flat.
Don’t worry if the paint dries on the stencil before you wash it off. Acrylic is forgiving when dried on Mylar and can be removed by soaking and lightly brushing.
Run the stencil under warm water and scrub gently with a dish brush. Pay particular attention to the color on the edge of the graph.
Sometimes cleaning the stencil can take a bit of effort to remove the paint. The trick is to pre-wet the shape with a commercially available water-based paint remover or uses one of the cleaning recipes in the guide to Custom Plastic Stencils markers.
Oil-based paints are more durable than acrylic paints, making them a good choice for high-traffic areas. Oil paint dries slower and smells crazy, but is more resistant to scratches and chipping.