How Can I Make Fabric Paint Not Be Stiff?

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How Can I Make Fabric Paint Not Be Stiff?
Painting on clothing can leave it stiff and uncomfortable. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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 specialise in softness.

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Things you need

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

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    Using Acrylic Paint

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Apply the paint to fabric.

  3. 3

    Allow fabric and paint to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Place protective towel or other surface over ironing board.

  5. 5

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

    Brand Specific Paint

  1. 1

    Purchase SoSoft or Jacquard fabric paint.

  2. 2

    Apply paint as desired.

  3. 3

    Set Jacquard paint by ironing from the back, as in use of Golden acrylic medium. SoSoft does not need to be heat set.

    Dye Method

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Mix dyes according to package directions.

  3. 3

    Add sodium alginate according to the directions included with it.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Paint using the thickened dye. No heat set needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Some fabric paint will stick to the usual cardboard form used for decorating T-shirts. This can be prevented by using a non-stick 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.

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