Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fabric Paint Test

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A few weeks ago, one of my customers had a question about fabric paint. While directing her to the types I like to use ( Jacquard textile color, Versatex screen ink, and Pebeo's Setacolor), I discovered a new brand. Or perhaps I had just never noticed it before. The paint is called SoSoft by DecoArt. One unfortunate thing is that all the colors are only available in a 1.15 ounce size. It may be time for some customer feedback, but first......

What stood out to me is that this product claims to require no heat setting (usually ironing - great blog post about this on Jezze Prints), which is something that adds quite a bit of work to the fabric printing process. This seemed too good to be true, and in a way it was. These paints don't require heat setting but they do require 48 hours of drying time. I suppose this is alright as long as one plans ahead and is confident that the paints will, in fact, be washable after this amount of time. Therefore, this is a situation where rigorous scientific testing is needed!

On Friday I pulled out three random fabric scraps out of the pile, loaded up three different stamps with three different colors, and applied paint to fabric. I was about to toss them into the wash when I actually read the directions and the part about the 48 hours. I have now waited anxiously for the 48 hours to pass and will soon begin the washing process. How exciting! I plan to do several washings just to make it even more scientific. Check back tomorrow!


  1. Thanks for this post! I actually just bought a whole bunch of Jacquard textile colors from Dharma, but I did order one bottle of the SoSoft for my curiosity as well. Thanks for introducing me to these paints! I tried the Jacquard already since it was available locally in some limited colors and it is very soft!