How to Paint With Tulip Paint

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How to Paint With Tulip Paint
Fabric paints can help add interest to plain shirts. (Michael Greenberg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tulip fabric paint is a well known brand that comes in many colours and does not require heat setting; that is, the paint bonds to the fabric while you work and does not require setting. Due to its simplicity of use, painting designs with fabric paint is a suitable craft for both children and adults. Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint allows you to trace thin lines over a pattern and thus makes a good choice for a beginner.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Cardboard or waxed paper
  • Stencil or pattern
  • Charcoal pencil, chalk pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Pin

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    Wash and dry your fabric. Fifty-fifty cotton-and-polyester blends work best for this type of fabric paint.

  2. 2

    Put your fabric on a flat, protected surface. If you are painting clothing, such as a shirt, put a piece of cardboard or waxed paper inside to prevent the paint from bleeding through and staining the other side.

  3. 3

    Transfer your design to your fabric by tracing inside the stencil or around the pattern. If you are using light fabric, use a charcoal pencil or disappearing-ink pen to trace your design. If you are using dark fabric, use a chalk pencil or a piece of chalk if your design is not complex.

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    Tap the bottle of paint you want to use firmly on your work surface, cap down, then remove the cap and squeeze a little paint out of the tip onto the paper towel. This step clears out the tip and removes air bubbles while giving you a feel for the paint.

  5. 5

    Hold the paint bottle the way you would a pencil, and trace over the lines on your pattern. Work in short strokes, tracing about 3 or 4 inches at a time, stopping and then starting again where you last stopped. If air bubbles form, quickly pop them with a pin and go over the area again if needed.

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    Wait 24 hours before wearing painted clothing or working with painted cloth. Your work is safe to wash after 72 hours, using warm water on a gentle cycle.

Tips and warnings

  • Tulip makes several kinds of fabric paint. If you want to cover a large area, try filling in your outlines with Tulip So Soft Fabric paint, which brushes on, or Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, which sprays on.
  • Store your paint upside down to prevent air bubbles from forming in the tip.
  • Experiment. You can use Tulip fabric paints to adhere small objects, such as rhinestones, or to achieve a variety of different effects. If you don't feel confident with a technique, try practicing on a paper towel.

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