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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2012 07:48:41 PM »

These shirts are amazing!! Have you had any problems with fabric paint?  I have a friend who was trying to find something to put on a shirt and she was hesitant about fabric paint I think because she said it cracks? Have you noticed any of your designs cracking or fading?

Thanks!  Ya know, I haven't had any problems with cracking.  It might be the way I apply my paint.  I just went and riffled through my husbands shirts to find the one that i thought would eventually do it, and even after many many washings, its still holding up beautifully.  I think if you make sure to not over apply the fabric pain, then you should be fine.  I apply my fabric paint with a triangle cosmetic sponge for small areas and a few coats, or for bigger areas a sea sponge or circular sponge depending on how uniform I want the paint.  Or, if the design suits, she could try discharge paste.  Its like bleach, but more controllable and you apply it with a stencil brush and just lightly dab it on.  Then you iron the paste and it lifts the color out of the shirt in the spot where you put on the paste.  It makes for a vintagy looking shirt, it doesn't get stiff like fabric paint can do, and you don't have to worry about cracking.  I've done freezer paper stencils and discharge paste with a lot of success.  Discharge paste works great on simple designs, like words.  Hope that helps!  ^_^
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2012 10:45:10 PM »

These shirts are amazing!! Have you had any problems with fabric paint?  I have a friend who was trying to find something to put on a shirt and she was hesitant about fabric paint I think because she said it cracks? Have you noticed any of your designs cracking or fading?

Thanks!  Ya know, I haven't had any problems with cracking.  It might be the way I apply my paint.  I just went and riffled through my husbands shirts to find the one that i thought would eventually do it, and even after many many washings, its still holding up beautifully.  I think if you make sure to not over apply the fabric pain, then you should be fine.  I apply my fabric paint with a triangle cosmetic sponge for small areas and a few coats, or for bigger areas a sea sponge or circular sponge depending on how uniform I want the paint.  Or, if the design suits, she could try discharge paste.  Its like bleach, but more controllable and you apply it with a stencil brush and just lightly dab it on.  Then you iron the paste and it lifts the color out of the shirt in the spot where you put on the paste.  It makes for a vintagy looking shirt, it doesn't get stiff like fabric paint can do, and you don't have to worry about cracking.  I've done freezer paper stencils and discharge paste with a lot of success.  Discharge paste works great on simple designs, like words.  Hope that helps!  ^_^

That was actually very helpful!! I've never heard of discharge paste before but i'll have to look into it and give it a try. I actually made a plain blue dress a while back and bought a bleach pen to make nautical designs on my dress I just haven't gotten around to doing it yet Thank you so much!
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013 07:33:41 AM »

I adore the antlered cat. Reminds me of the infamous jackalope!
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2013 08:04:08 AM »

I love the Serenity Shirt! I definitly need to make one for my husband.
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