Order our information booklet on how to master the art of Fabric painting

January 5, 2012
We have an exclusive booklet available to order that will teach you the art of fabric painting.

What our booklet covers:
Fabric Painting Techniques

Tracing the patterns
Applying the paint

Special Techniques
Painting Backgrounds
Creating textures
Resist techniques (also called Pasta Technique)
Salt Technique
Sun Technique

Heat Setting
Washing Instructions
Spot Removal

Colour Mixing Recipes

and other tips and information.

To order your Crafty Cows booklet
, please contact Ockert at stamp-a-way@live.co.za


List of fabric painting requirements

January 5, 2012
What will you need to start?

Crafty Cows Fabric Paints
100% Cotton Fabric



Graphite Pencil

Scissors or rotary cutter



Masking tape

Plastic sheet

Surface to paint on
Water container

You can order all these requirements directly from us
- please contact Ockert at stamp-a-way@live.co.za


January 5, 2012

Fabric paint or textile paint is a specially formulated combination of pigments and chemically devised base specifically for painting or colouring fabric.  It has also been used with some success on other materials such as wood, paper, bisque plates, plaster of Paris and metal.  It is recommended to use the right paint for the specific material.

Fabric paint is water-based and all cleaning u p is done with water.  Paint may be diluted with water (this will cause bleeding into the fabric) for covering large areas of paler colour.  Brushes are washed in water.  The colour or pigments are applied to the fabric via the paint base (called Cut Clear or Clear Extender Medium) and is made permanent by applying heat.

The character of the paint is similar to Acrylics paints.  Undiluted, it does not flow as easily as watercolours and is translucent.  A few of the colours are opaque.  Always try to start with the lightest colour first and add shading while wet.

High quality fabric paints should be stored in airtight screw top jars to prevent paint from deteriorating.  Flip top atchar jars are not recommended.  Should paint thicken over a long period of time a small amount of distilled water may be added and stirred thoroughly.  After use and then left for a long time, mould occasionally develops on the surface.  Scoop this off and add a few drops of disinfectant (Savlon). 

The paints have different finishes: Transparent, Opaque, Pearl, Metallic, Puff and liquid Colourmist.

Read more in a next post on the different finishes...


Welcome to the craft of fabric painting

January 5, 2012

Adorning useful textile items with patterns, designs & colour have been around for centuries and now modern technology has brought that art into our own homes where individuals may express their own creativity with fabric paints and materials available today.

It is one of the most inexpensive crafts available and may be put to use as practical items in the home such as cushions, curtains, duvet covers, tray and place mats and a multitude of textile based decorations.

Following simple instructions and basic rules, anyone can produce a work of art that is both satisfying and useful.  Textile painting is therapeutic and rewarding in this day of high costs and stress.  Developing your own style and talent might be profitable as well in producing colourful tablecloths and cushions for friends and for gifts at special occasions such as birthdays and Xmas.  The hand-made touch is just so much more special than a bought item.

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