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« on: April 11, 2013 09:21:11 AM »

I love those hoods with paw-scarves and ears.  I bought one or two, but I can never find exactly what I want.  I have a pattern and want to start making my own.  All the ones I have now have a raised and grippy paw-print on them.  I want to add something similar to mine.
My question is about what paint I should use.  I don't need to make them exactly like the ones I bought (especially since two of them us differnt stuff) but I was wondering what would work better and last longer.
The two paints I have are a Jacquard (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/lumiere.html) which is a heat-set paint, and a Tulip Soft (http://www.michaels.com/Tulip%C2%AE-Soft-Fabric-Paint%E2%84%A2/gc1507,default,pd.html) which just air dries.
Since I'm painting on the inside of the mitten/paw part, it will be getting flexed a lot and I'm worried about cracking and peeling.  Which does everyone think would last longer?

Edit: I also notice that Tulip Soft has a Velveteen one, that could be cool.  Has anyone used that before?
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013 03:12:18 PM »

The heat set ones will flat, not textural and when heat set, will wash and wear well.  I have done some stencilled shirts and goods - the ones I have kept have washed well over the last couple of years, and there has been no cracking, flaking, or loss of colour.  Also, I like that they are just like paints and colours could be mixed, blended, and layered when painting, and you can use sponges, brushes or whatever tools you want to apply them with too.  I have used Jacquard, Pebeo, and probably a couple of other brands.  Some companies also have pens/markers for more precise decorating too.

I have not used the air dry ones in years, so maybe the formulas have updated.  But they were great for textural things - like the puffy, or shiny designs.  I found they dried plasticky, and with washing and wearing, they eventually would crack, peel, or flake off, especially if placed in a dryer, or if there are extreme temperature changes.

You can also get paint mediums that can to added to acrylic paints to turn them into heat set fabric paints too.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013 01:24:32 PM »

Thanks for the reply.  The air-dry ones are a relatively new style of paint, they stay soft.  They are different from the puff ones (which I hate).  I will also have to look into that stuff to add to regular acrylic paint.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013 05:33:06 PM »

I have used Golden GAC 900 to mix in with acrylics.   Here's some info

http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/fabric.php
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