When I opened my box of Martha Stewart decorative paints from Plaid, I was over the moon with the products they sent me. And one of them- the Tintable Fabric Medium– I knew I wanted to try out right away. Let me show you what my day’s worth of experimenting yielded.
It’s so new, it’s not even on the Plaid website yet- but I did find a brief description on the Michael’s site:
Martha Stewart Craftsâ„¢ Tintable Fabric Medium is designed to work with all Martha Stewart Craftsâ„¢ Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft paints.Â Mix paint and medium together for the perfect fabric paint.
The directions say to mix one part medium to two parts paint. Easy enough, right?
And because I am nothing if not consistent, I madeÂ swatch test of each of the paints in the Martha Stewart Decorative Paint line- satin, glitter, metallic, pearl, and high gloss, each with 1, 2, and 3 coats.
I was charmed to find that one coat allowed the printing of the white fabric to show through, to a lovely effect. And should you really want to have opaque coverage and have the finish of the paint take the stage, then 3 coats is the winner.
I also played around with some stamping and stencilling:
I don’t know about you, but I was blown away by the Glitter paint on fabric! I decided just to paint both light and dark swatches and see how it came through the wash.
Can you believe it? Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. Now, these two examples were definitely more stiff than the unpainted sides- even with the fabric medium. So be aware that while the Fabric Medium helps the paint adhere to the fabric better, it will change the hand significantly.
Undaunted,Â I pulled out an old pair of shoes that I decided to “witchify” for Halloween. Take a look at the before and afters…
Now, my buddy Vicki O’Dell (The Creative Goddess) was over while I was playing with the Fabric Medium- and she went crazy painting some fabric to use in mixed media art later. Take a peek at what she did:
Lastly, I thought I’d try something a little more sedate- making some monogrammed linen napkins.
I’ll show you what I did with the sparkly fabrics and shoes in an upcoming post!
Now, I wish I had more information for you- but right now it’s available at Michael’s stores, and hopefully will be online soon. (I don’t even have a price for this item yet.) But I’m certainly loving the fact that it works with ALL the finishes of paint.
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