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Thread: painting? on fabric

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    Joe
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    I am making a quilt for my mother and one for my mother in law. Both quilts are basically identical with maybe the backs being personalized in some way. Anyway the top will be 9 blocks the 4 corners will be pieced blocks the middle block will be a picture of my 4 kids the other 4 blocks I would like to have them be white and have the kids do footprints and handprints on them. Any suggestions on what to use to do the handprints and footprints? I want the quilt to be able to be used so it would have to be durable. Thanks in advance Joe

    this is the block for the corners
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    Use acrylic craft paint mixed with fabric medium for permanant paint on fabric.

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    yes there is an actual fabric paint. stays softer. you might not be able to quilt through it though.

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    You can easily quilt through fabric paints. They change the hand of the fabric very little. Use opaque colors on dark fabrics and either opaque or transparent on light colored fabrics. Be sure and do a sample first. There is a wealth of information online about fabric painting and the paints are quite easy to find locally. Have fun!

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    Check with local craft store. I used to a lots of fabric painting, but grandaughter has out grown that. she is now in college.

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    I use regular acrylic paint with fabric medium because there are more color choices. I will change my avatar to the quilt that was painted by our local chapter. All of it is done with acrylic paint and fabric medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolepainter54
    I use regular acrylic paint with fabric medium because there are more color choices. I will change my avatar to the quilt that was painted by our local chapter. All of it is done with acrylic paint and fabric medium.
    That would be nice to see!

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    I changed it

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    visit Dharma Trading Company. they sell all kinds of dyes, inks, and fabric paints, and offer a huge amount of information on their site and in their catalog. they are a great company to do business with and are very reasonably priced with good shipping options.

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    I use so soft fabric paint. It is made by decorArt. Works great and leaves the fabric soft and lasts too.

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    Wow, learn something new today. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolepainter54
    I changed it
    that is awesome thanks!

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    I used So Soft Fabric paint for my block in the snowman swap. Just remember to wash the fabric first and do not use any fabric softener when you wash it before painting. My snow lady blocks turned out awesome if I do say so myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamdux
    I used So Soft Fabric paint for my block in the snowman swap. Just remember to wash the fabric first and do not use any fabric softener when you wash it before painting. My snow lady blocks turned out awesome if I do say so myself.
    the pre-washing and no softener rules are critical for durability...

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    I use artist or craft acrylics mixed with textile medium and extender (keeps the paint wet so you can work longer). I like my paint to be almost "inky" in consistency, just test to make sure it doesn't bleed on the fabric. I also heat-set my work.

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    I don't know if I would want to use the inks/dyes on children's hands or feet....
    I would stick to the acrylic, water based fabric paints JMHO :D:D:D

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