Plaid Crafts was nice enough to send me some samples of some of their acrylic paints and brush on fabric paints for me to test out and review. Here are my thoughts (so far) on what they sent me.
FolkArt Acrylic Paints
I’m pretty familiar with the standard FolkArt acrylic paints, having used them for various projects over the years. Largely, what I’d used them on in the past has been wood pieces I was painting detailing on. They always go on smoothly, mix and blend nicely, and the colors? If you want it, they’ve got it (and if they don’t, you can easily mix it up without your colors clumping)!
I’d never used them on fabric though… at least not intentionally, haha! And for my Painted Bobs project, that’s what I was going to be doing.
As expected, the acrylic paints went on smoothly and easily, and weren’t “soaked up” by the fabric causing lighter-than-expected coverage or (worse) bleeding past where I wanted the paints to be. Granted, I’d dripped and smudged these paints on myself enough on the past to have a slight idea of what to expect, but it was nice to see my expectations met!
The only thing I am not huge on, but don’t really see being that big of a deal with this particular project is that the acrylic paints did dry a little “crusty”. They have a distinct texture when you run your finger over them, and while on my Bobs they’re set on a stiff fabric that doesn’t move much, I imagine on a tee or lighter fabric this would be rather unpleasant and could affect wearing. But that’s very likely the reason FolkArt designed special brush on paints for fabric.
FolkArt Fabric Paint - Brush On
Initially, I was wary of the brush-on fabric paints. I figured they’d feel just like normal acrylic paints do on fabric–stiff and crusty–despite the fact that the bottles say “Feels Soft”. I was also worried that mixing them with the normal acrylic paints would cause problems–either gloopiness or not drying right. However, my expectations here were greatly exceeded, I’m happy to say!
Not only did the paints go on smoothly, with no bleeding or seeping into my fabric, but I was able to mix them easily with the acrylic paints to achieve the highlighting effect I wanted in my flowers. In fact, they even mixed with other brand acrylic paints that I already had, and did so easily and without any gloopiness or drying issues!
And like I mentioned, there was the texture issue–or rather, the fact that the paints left very little noticeable texture. You can clearly feel the fabric through the brush on fabric paint and there’s no crusty effect goin’ on at all. It’s really nice, and I’m looking forward to trying the brush on paints on things that are more flexible. Next in line, I plan to paint a denim shirt and pair of jeans, followed by a dress as well.
Would I buy them again?
You bet! I’d buy both the acrylic paints and the brush on fabric paints again in a heartbeat.
In fact, I’m going to make a point of looking for a few more colors of the fabric paints the next time I’m at the craft stores, because there are some projects I’ve got on my She’s Crafty board that the brush on fabric paints will be perfect for. And if I can’t find them in stores, I plain on ordering them direct from Plaid.
Now it’s just a matter of finding the time to get back into doing some crafty stuff!
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I was sent complimentary product for this post but was not compensated for my opinion of the product. The review of the products above are my own honest opinions and were not influenced by Plaid Crafts in any way.