How to use Paintstiks on Fabric

Marbled Arts presents:
Fun with Paintstiks & Stencil on Fabric
Basic Supplies – Fabric            Paintstiks
Painters Tape                            Brushes (Paintstik & Stencil)
Freezer Paper                           Stencils
Parchment Paper                      Cleaners -Cirta-Solv, Murphy Oil Soap or Brush Soap
Paper Towels                             Sharp Knife
Handy Wipes

Misc. Supplies – Not necessary, but sure make life more fun.
Grip-N-Grip                            Permanently Repositionable Spray
Old Towel

  • Preparation
    Pre-wash fabric using non-detergent soap (Synthrapol)
    Cover work area
    Wear old clothes

Remove skin from the end of Paintstik using a sharp knife or Potato Peeler
Rub Paintstik onto palette surface (Parchment Paper)
Load paint onto Brush
Apply paint color using a gentle circular motion or dabbing motion.

  • Stencils
    Simple Stencils – Painters Tape, Freezer paper
    Per-Cut Stencils – Use the entire stencil or mask off just part of the stencil
  • Different Looks
    Single Colors
    Multiple Colors – Start with the lightest color first
    Solid, Transparent or Color Wash
  • Primers – Titanium White and Beige
  • Clean Up – Brush as much excess paint onto a paper towel.  Dip in your cleaner.  Work Paint out with a paper towel.  Repeat until brush is clean.  Then wash brushes by hand with soap and cool water.  If you are using 404 on your stencil, the formula has changed and you will need Rubbing Alcohol to clean the sticky stuff off of the stencil.
  • 404 Cleanup – Old formula cleans up with Citra-Solv, Murphy Oil Soap or Brush Cleaner.  New formula cleans up using Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Heat Setting – Allow the painted fabric to dry for 3-5 days, and then heat-set to make the colors permanent.  Set your iron to the proper setting for the fabric. Place a piece Parchment Paper on your ironing surface, put the fabric paint-side down on the parchment Paper and press.  Take your time.  When you think you have heat-set long enough, that much longer.  You cannot over heat-set, but to under heat-set is really bad.