Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 4oz Matte Sunshine Yellow
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- Prewash fabric before painting to remove sizing.
- Use iron on steam setting, holding 1/2" above dry painted surface to texturize paint
- Available in 4oz bottle
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Paint your way to picture perfect with Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint! This highly opaque paint, developed exclusively for fabric, dries soft and flexible so it moves with your fabric items and won’t crack or crumble. Great for use on fabric of all colors, Soft Fabric Paints are permanent and machine washable so your creativity stays intact wash after wash. Colors are mixable and can be watered down to create watercolor effects. All Soft Fabric Paints can be brushed, sponged, stenciled and stamped onto fabrics.
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1. I used 8.5 x 11 freezer paper paper to cut out my stencil using a silhouette cutter machine. If you don’t have a machine, you can print onto the freezer paper and then cut the design out with an exacto blade.
2. I ironed the freezer paper stencils onto my shirt making sure the edges were held down securely.
3. Make sure to put a piece of cardboard in-between the front and back of the shirt so it doesn’t leak through.
4. I sponged the fabric paint on with a sponge type brush. I found that this prevented the paint from getting under the edges of the stencil better. Additionally, brushes kind of left brush strokes in the paint and they would dry weird.
5. I put about 2 layers of paint on to give it a nice solid looking color. Make sure you give the first coat time to dry a little before putting on the second coat.
6. Let the shirts dry for at least 36 hours.
Be careful not to make the edges of the stencil too blotchy with paint and make sure to give the shirt adequate time to dry. The first time I made a shirt, I accidentally peeled off part of the design when removing the stencil. I think that I made the edges too thick so it stuck to the stencil and it was still a little wet so it peeled off when I took off the stencil paper.
I would definitely recommend this product. It’s cheap, fun, and you can make lots of cool shirts!
So, what are the positives? It performs well as a fabric paint, I haven't noticed any of the paint washing off or fading or anything like that, and like the bottle states, it dries pretty soft and flexible! But, there are some things to keep in mind.
First of all, this paint is able to dry softly because it's very runny and isn't the most opaque of paints. When using it, it's an absolute that there is a barrier behind the surface it's being put on because it can soak through fabric; I painted it onto a cotton/nylon bodysuit and it basically bled straight through to the other side. Also, if you want a truly opaque color payoff (as in a truly solid white shape with none of the fabric's color showing) with whatever you paint, you have to apply several layers of paint. I think this stuff works best if you want to be able to build up the coverage or use the fabric's color to create a certain effect with the paint.
Also, this stuff says "matte" and compared to the "slick" version, this does qualify as matte in that it doesn't look wet/shiny in the light and tends to not lay upon the fabric as heavily or allow for it to be as dimensional, but the color glacier is not 100% matte either. It is full of tiny, tiny bits of glitter that kind of give the paint a shimmery effect in some cases (which is probably why it's called "glacier." It resembles the sparkle of snow). It's not super noticeable, but the glitter is there and can be seen in certain lighting, especially if you do lighter coats of paint (the more layers you apply, the less prominent the glitter is, but a light layer on dark fabric is noticeable).
I think for most people's needs, this paint will do just fine. I personally did not find this particular type of paint to be the End All Be All for my project, since I had very large areas to cover with totally opaque shapes, but I suppose I should have realized that the "soft" version of the paint would be more runny and light in coverage in order to allow it to dry so soft. I don't fault the paint so much as I fault myself for expecting it to cover solid black fabric perfectly in one go, as if it were thick oil paint on a canvas, while still being super soft and flexible.
The price is a little much, but unless you're covering a lot of area in a lot of layers, this bottle should last for several projects! There is a smell to the paint, as well, but it's not especially strong or unpleasant (just kind of smells like paint, you know?) and I wouldn't say it would warrant an open window or masks or anything.