FAQs

Blank Canvas Frequently Asked Questions

How do I remove fabric paint from clothing or carpet? Once wet paint comes in contact with fabric or carpet, it is very, very difficult to remove. These paints are formulated to be permanent. If the paint is still wet, wash it off with soap and water. 

How long should I wait before I wash what I’ve made? We recommend waiting 72 hours before washing the fabric. Or, if you’ve used Aleene’s Gem & Glitter Glue, we recommend waiting 10-days for the glue to cure before washing.

How long will fabric paint last? Fabric paint can last a few years if stored properly.

Why do I have to wash my fabric before painting? We recommend washing your fabric to remove sizing. Sometimes the sizing will prevent the fabric paint from adhering properly and can cause the paint to peel off.

How do I unclog the tip of my fabric paint bottle? Remove the tip, rinse in warm water and poke a pin through the hole making an opening wide enough for the paint to flow through. If you simply poke a pin through the tip, without removing the clog, the clog will find its way to the tip again.

How should I wash my hand-painted garment or fabric? Turn fabric inside out; machine wash on gentle cycle with warm water using a mild soap. Using fabric softener will keep designs flexible. Line dry. Iron only from the inside or back side of shirt. Never touch paint directly with iron.

How should I prepare my fabric for painting? Pre-wash all fabrics using no liquid softener or dryer sheets. Let dry and iron any wrinkles.

How do I correct mistakes? The best way to correct a mistake is to try to hide it by incorporating it into the design. Once wet paint comes in contact with fabric, it is very, very difficult to remove because the paints are formulated to be permanent. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be such good quality paints! 

How long should I wait before I wear what I’ve made? Let all painted fabric dry 4 hours before wearing, however, humidity and thickness of paint affects drying time so in some cases you may have to wait a bit longer.

Why does the paint crack after washing? Occasionally dimensional fabric paint cracks or peels off the fabric. There are several causes for this: the fabric has not been pre-washed, the paint has been applied improperly (never made binding contact with the fabric) or the project had been washed at too cold a temperature.

Why do I use more paint when working on fabric? Fabric is a more porous substrate than many other materials therefore it may take more paint to cover the same area.

How do I remove fabric paint from hair or skin? If the paint is still wet, wash it off with soap and water. It the paint has dried, simply remove it by peeling it away. All fabric paints are non-toxic and conform to ASTM standards.

What should I put my fabric on to paint? We recommend pressing your fabric before painting to remove any wrinkles. Lay the fabric on a smooth, flat surface (covered with plastic or paper). You may want to place cardboard between the layers of fabric to prevent paint from seeping through and further stabilise the fabric during the painting process.