Paints that are used in painting the walls of your house or a steel gate are a lot different than those used in painting fabrics. Fabric paints can be quite expensive, depending on the brand that you choose. It is not practical to buy expensive fabric paint if you are only going to use it once. With a lot of patience and courage, together with some stuff that you can find in your own home, you can make your own fabric paint.
To make your own fabric paint, you can follow these easy guidelines.
- Prepare the materials needed. To work conveniently and timely, you need to prepare the materials that you are going to need beforehand. This will make the working easier for you because you will not have to look for stuff along the way. You are going to need one-half cup of powdered milk, one-half cup of dry pigment and eight tablespoon water. You are also going to need some containers. To be able to test your paint, you are going to need a small piece of fabric.
- Find a comfortable place to work in. You need a place where you can be messily working. You also need a place where there are no distractions or if there are, at a minimal amount. If you want some help, you can find someone who is knowledgeable enough in fabric painting.
- Prepare yourself. In making fabric paint, it will take you high amounts of patience because you need to work in a trial and error mode because the measurements might or might not just work for the fabric.
- Mix the powdered milk and pigment. The amount of pigment that you are going to put in with the powdered milk will depend on how you want your color to look like. If you want to get a pastel shade, put excessively more milk than the pigment. And if you want a crispier shade of the color, put more pigment than milk.
- Mix it well. Be sure that you mash the mixture well and that there are no clumps. If you cannot mash the unnecessary clumps, get them out by running the mixture into a strainer to get the finer parts.
- Add water. Add some water to your mixture and then stir it. The amount of water that you add will depend on how you want your paint to liquefy. If you want to make your paint thicker, add more proportions of powder and pigment to the mixture.
- Use a whisk or a food processor to make your paint finer. If you cannot make your paint fine by just mixing and mashing it with fork, you can use a food processor to make it fine.
To keep your paint for a long period, put it in a sealed container and put it in the refrigerator. If you do not keep it in a cool temperature, it will spoil just as any other milk mix will do. When you are painting your fabric, be sure that the fabric is clean so that the paint will hold on to the fabric. When finished with the painting, blow it with a hot dryer to make the paint last longer.