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« on: March 06, 2008 05:28:30 PM »

Hey All,

I want to use sharpies on a piece of fabric. I want clear crisp lines and I'm using the ultra sharp/fine ones. Does anyone know what I can use, hopefully something I have on hand, to keep the ink from bleeding. Something I can coat the fabric with that will enable a better writing surface, keep the fabric at least semi-flexible and not allow the ink to bleed... What I do have is Mod Podge which I have not tested yet (I bet a thin coat of that would work) and that stuff that you add to regular acrylic paint to prepare it for use on fabrics. It's for a label in a purse so there is a possibility that it will someday be washed, however it's a large travel/shopping tote so I'm not expecting washing for some time.

Thanks Anyone

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008 11:29:21 AM »

I think no matter what you coated the fabric with there will be some kind of problem with the Sharpies. 

Something like this would be better: www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1785-AA.shtml

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2008 01:54:31 PM »

I just bought the photo fabric stuff you can run through your printer & must say I was very pleased with how it looks! Nothing has gone through a washing machine yet, but it was rinsed as part of the process & looks good.

Sharpies are not permanent on fabric & Modge Podge was not intended for washable things either.

If you are determined to have hand drawn labels invest in some fabric pens (look at the quilter's shop or section, the pens there are way nicer than the fabric markers in the craft dept.).
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008 12:38:05 AM »

Yah I have been putting off purchasing paint pens or something similar. I have another project in mind that will require them... I will not use sharpies and finally break down and order the others...

Thanks a bunch for your input

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008 05:53:45 AM »

no, not paint pens, fabric marking pens Smiley They don't stink, come in a nice assortment of colors, are fine point like Le Pen type pens & last a good long time. I've had one for 5 years now & I use it a lot.
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