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Painting on Fabric

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chuck's Know-Hows

We are often asked for recommendations on painting on to fabric. Most acrylic paints are suitable for fabric surfaces, we stock both tubes of heavy body acrylic, bottles of fluid acrylic and markers filled with fluid acrylic that work great on fabrics.

We have recently put some to the test - you can check out our samples in store.

We chose a very dark denim with stretch to test the products to their full capacity. For our sample shown here we used a Ironlak Basic Acrylic Set (you can also buy individual tubes here) and Ironlak Fluid Acrylic.

We applied the paint with a brush, but Fluid Acrylic can also be put into an empty marker, or purchased as a pre made marker here.

We were impressed with the coverage on dark fabrics, even colours like bright red covered well without any base white coat. We found the tubes of acrylic were a little more flexible on the stretch fabric than the fluid acrylic, though both performed well.

Once completely dry we heat set the design - we used an iron for a few minutes on the back side of the fabric, and on the front covering over the painted section with a light tea towel. A hair dryer or tumble drier could also be used.

We have washed our samples a couple of times in a regular wash cycle with no effect on the design.

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Spraying Styrofoam

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects

Did you know you can use some spray paints directly onto Styrofoam?

Many spray paints will eat into Styrofoam soon after painting. This is due to the kind of solvents in the paint.

Sugar Artists’ Acrylic and uses an alcohol based solvent made from sugar cane. It does not attack the foam.

MTN Water Based also contains alcohol as a drying agent, and does not contain solvents that eat foam.

After testing we can recommend that you can safely use MTN Water Based and Sugar Artists’ Acrylic paints directly onto foam with no primer.

Most of the other paints we carry, including our main ranges Ironlak, MTN Hardcore and MTN 94 will all attack the foam, unless an appropriate primer is used. MTN 94 Foam Primer is available which is used as a undercoat to protect the foam, in which case any paint can then be used on top of the primer.

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DIY Building Blocks

Posted On: 29th of November, 2016
Posted In: DIY Projects

Tasked with making a house warming present for a young family, we got crafty with some wooden off cuts, paint markers and liquid acrylics.

We chose to feature the new house's street name, but the same project could be easily adapted for baby showers, birthdays or any occasion.

Blocks
We started with 9 small wooden blocks - about 4cm cubed. We had a scrap of square pine and neatly cut it into even blocks and lightly sanded the cut edges.

Materials
We used Molotow One4All paint - both in markers and the 30ml bottles of liquid acrylic paint with a brush.

Colour Scheme
We selected 4 colours - white, grey, light pink and dark purple. Choosing a small colour range will help to keep the blocks looking unified.

Design
Sketch out some design ideas on grids of 3x3 squares - we used coloured pencils to plan 6 3x3 squares. The blocks will get mixed up and made into all sorts of designs, but you will have at least 6 designs you know you can make from your set.

Paint
We first made a 3x3 square with the blocks, ensuing the wood grain was going in the same direction, so all the cross cuts are pointing the same way. We painted on one design, then turned each block to the left to paint the second design. We kept going like that for the 4 sides, then turned the blocks down for the 5th and 6th sides. This way when you put the letters back together you can easily flip them to find your 6 designs.

Clear Coat
Once your paint is all dry you can varnish them with matte, satin or gloss clear depending on the finish you want. We chose 94 Acrylic Matte Varnish.

If you find the paints are soaking into the wood too much and bleeding at the edge of the design, or you want really crisp painted areas with out the wood grain texture coming through so much, clear coat your blocks before you begin painting, and again once complete.

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DIY Ideas

Posted On: 27th of July, 2016
Posted In: Store News, DIY Projects

Make a tea cup succulent planter!

You can transform any old mismatching dishes with the use of our top quality spray paint. We've got plenty of colours to choose from in order for you to create your own personalised planter.

Tip: turn over and paint underside first, then when dry turn over and paint the top