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When DECOART asked if I wanted to try out their new line of craft paints can you guess what I said? I mean, it is me after all. Now, I've shown you how to use traditional craft paints before, but these are special. Ink Effects paints are different. Sometimes painting on fabric can be tricky, right? You can have drips, color outside your lines, random dots or splashes...anything and everything can go wrong. Ink Effects makes all of that easier simply because painting on paper is so much easier than painting on fabric. Paint your design on paper and iron on to your fabric. Easy peasy. What I love about these paints is the soft wash of color that is transferred to the fabric. It is almost like watercolor. So, let's make a table runner, shall we?

You will need: Ink Effects Paints (in your choice of color), Ink Effects Basecoat (for cottons), a table runner or length of fabric, 8.5 x 11 paper, a paint brush, scissors and an iron.

I made my own table runner from my stash of poor girl's linen, chunky muslin. I buy this stuff by the bolt at the fabric store using my half-off coupons. Did you know you can use coupons for bolts? Now you do, you're welcome. Chunky muslin is 100% cotton and I had the 25" width, so I just cut the length to make a runner. I love this stuff, it washes up super soft and is perfect for the linen look at $1.20 a yard. Another bonus, wash it up, un-hemmed and get that lovely soft fringe look on the ends.

Next, using a sheet of paper, paint the entire sheet. Yep, the whole thing. Make about 2 or 3 sheets. Let dry for 30 mins. While those are drying, spray the runner with the basecoat. You want to cover the areas you will be using with a light, even spray.  I covered the whole thing because I wanted to be able to add my pattern anywhere on my runner. Let dry. Note: before you spray, cover your spray area with something first, you don't want to get the overspray on everything. I just used an old towel on my ironing board and did small areas at a time.

Now that everything is dry, plug that iron in and let it get really hot on the highest dry setting. Cut your sheets in half and cut two squares off each strip. Cut those squares in half diagonally and voila...triangles. See, no templates or masking or painting of straight lines...we have no time for such things.

For my pattern, I used groups of 3 triangles. Place your painted sides down and lightly press. Cover with a clean sheet of paper and iron. Iron similiarly to t-shirt transfers, keep the iron moving in circles while pressing firmly. Check a corner to test the color and peel off when done. Reuse the same triangles again, each use will get a slightly more washed out look. If you want crisper color, only use the transfers once or twice, adding new as needed. Play with your patterns. For this, I alternated sides with groups of 3 triangles. When I was done, I decided to add a few going sideways for fun.

Wash in cold water to prevent fading or use as is. Easy, modern and addicting. I want to make pillows for the couch out of these...and a faux quilt. How fun would that be? Are you still nuts over geometrics like me? I just can't stop.

DecoArt paid me for this post and provided their product. All opinions and ideas are mine. xo


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