How to Thin Fabric Paint

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How to Thin Fabric Paint
You can use thinned fabric paint to make a shirt look like a watercolour painting. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fabric paint is often used to dye articles of clothing, but it is usually purchased in a concentrated form that must be diluted before use. When you dilute the fabric paint, you can also add in certain substances, such as salt, which will allow the paint to adhere to the fibres of the fabric well. This allows you to dye your clothing more evenly using specific shades, instead of using a fabric paint that is too heavy or concentrated.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Fabric paint
  • Wooden spoon
  • Salt
  • Stock pot

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  1. 1

    Fill a 10-gallon bucket halfway with water.

  2. 2

    Pour in 2 cups of concentrated fabric paint. Stir well with a long-handled wooden spoon.

  3. 3

    Pour the diluted fabric paint into a stock pot, and stir in 1 cup of salt. Salt will allow the diluted fabric paint to adhere readily onto natural fibres.

  4. 4

    Heat the diluted fabric paint over medium heat until it begins to bubble, then reduce the heat to medium-low.

  5. 5

    Insert the fabric or clothing into the diluted fabric paint, and dye the articles according to your preference.

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