There are two blenders, the Colorless Blender and the Iridescent Blender. Blenders are made from paint medium, but have no pigment. The Iridescent Blender has the “shiny stuff” that makes it iridescent, but no pigment to give it a true color. Blenders are know as “extenders” in the paint world. By mixing a lot of […]
Not according to my sensitive nose! (said with a big smile) The paint manufacturer calls the paintstiks “no odor” but I disagree. I call them “low odor.” They smell like a combination of wax and oil paint, but the smell is very light compared to a traditional oil paint. I notice more of an odor […]
Absolutely! Paintstik colors were created as a solid oil paint for artists. They have been used in the craft community for decades. Paintstik colors will adhere to paper, wood, metal, concrete, terra cotta tiles – you name it! If the surface is porous, the paints will stick. (They will not adhere to glass, glazed ceramics […]
I am not an art conservator, but there are some common sense things you can do here. If you want to put the fabric under glass or acrylic, I would use a shadow-box approach or at least a spacer between the glass and the fabric. I don’t think you want the painted fabric touching the […]
Fiber content is not going to be an issue with paints. When you dye a fabric, a chemical bond forms between the dye molecules and the fibers. That’s why you need certain dyes for cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon) and different dyes for protein fibers. When you paint a fabric, the bond is strictly mechanical. […]
A lot! According to one of my garment-sewing friends, you can cover 2 to 2½ yards of fabric with light rubbings before you completely use up one full size paintstik.
Paintstiks have a very long shelf life. According to the factory, they will begin to dry out 2 years after they are manufactured. I have some paintstik colors that I acquired over 10 years ago. The skin is thicker, but there is still good paint in the middle of the stick.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but rubbings simply take longer to dry. I don’t know of any way to make them dry quickly. If the rubbings are light (which I don’t expect if you are working with kids) AND made with IRIDESCENT colors, you can turn them paint side down on […]
If you are creating fabric for a wall hanging, there is technically no need to heat set the paint. Jut let the paint dry on it’s own time and it will be fine. Heat setting speeds up the end of the drying process and is recommended for anything that will be washed, but there is […]
Using an iron: Preheat the iron to the appropriate temperature for the fabric. Place the fabric (paint side down) on a piece of baking parchment or brown kraft paper. Press for 10-15 seconds with a DRY iron – do not use steam. (The parchment or kraft paper will catch any excess oil and pigments and […]
Stenciled images will be dry and ready to heat set within 24 hours (unless you used a very heavy application of paint). Rubbings (and any direct application technique) take longer to dry. Allow 3-5 days for the paint to dry. I allow 7 days if I make several layers of rubbings – or during humid […]
Yes! After you apply paintstik color to fabric, you need to let it air dry, and then heat set the paint with an iron or in a clothes dryer. After the paint has been heat set, your fabric is washable. Note: Do NOT dry clean fabric decorated with paintstik colors. Dry cleaning fluid is a […]