How to Use Embroidery Paints

At the age of 12, I discovered embroidery paints and have been working with them ever since. For those people who cannot thread a needle, sew a straight stitch, or have the patience for regular embroidery, paints designed for embroidery work are for them. They are easy to use, create beautiful artwork, and allows a person to bring forth their creative abilities.

Embroidery paints can be used on stamped designs, specially designed pre-printed pictures appropriate for framing, glass, clothing, and toys. They can be used to accent a store-bought home d�©cor item, embellish canvas shoes, even used on china, plus much more.

What you Will Need When Working With Embroidery Paints

-Several colors of embroidery paints (colors depend on design you are working on).

-Material to paint (napkins, tablecloth, towels, pillowcases, glass, etc.).

-Piece of white scrap fabric (preferably cotton), which is used for testing.

-Piece of thick, plain blotting paper or cardboard (no printing on it).

-Small bottle of fingernail polish remover.

-Several paper towels.

Preparing Glass, China, or Plastic for Painting

Before being able to use embroidery paints on glass, china, or plastic, these materials must first be prepared. Wash the items in one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with one quart of water, rinse and dry thoroughly. The design should be placed on the underside of the clear item and should not be left in hot sudsy water. To prolong the paints staying ability, place items, decorated side up, in a cool over and bake at 260 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Allow the decorated items to cool in the over before removing.

Preparing Fabric

Pre-wash all fabric that is not stamped with a design. Pre-washing fabric will allow for better penetration of the paint. The dye in some pre-stamped marks will wash out, so avoid pre-washing stamped items.

Using the Embroidery Paint

When using embroidery paints there are a few techniques a person needs to know.

-Work on a level surface with the blotting paper underneath the tightly-stretched fabric.

-Hold the paint tube upright.

-Use the scrap fabric to test the paint before using on the actual item. Test the paint until all the excess oil that has accumulated in the paint tube has been removed. Hold tube upright and press firmly on ballpoint tip.

-Position the paint tube over the design and press firmly on the ballpoint tip, until you get the desired consistency needed to cover the design.

-Never squeeze or roll the tube.

-Clean ballpoint tip with a paper towel that has a few drops finger nail polish remover on it after each use.

-If combining two different colors paints to get one color, apply the second color while the first is still wet.

-When combining colors, apply the darker shade first.

-Let item dry for two days before using or washing.

-To retain colors longer, hand wash only.

Fun with Embroidery Paints

Embroidery paints are fun for everyone, and makes an excellent hobby for young children and teenagers. They will enjoy putting different designs on clothes, backpacks, and toys.

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