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Cover work surface with plastic. Place masking tape on areas of fabric to remain unpainted. Apply parallel strips of masking tape diagonally onto the fabric.
Spread blobs of paint onto the palette. Brush one color of transparent fabric paint between two lines of the masking tape. Do not add water to the paint: paint that's too wet will wick under the masking tape. Continue to paint stripes of color between lines of masking tape. Let dry.
Peel the masking tape off the painted fabric. Masking tape can be difficult to remove from fabric. Plan to complete this project in one day so the masking tape won't be left on the fabric too long.
After removing the masking tape, heat-set the painted fabric with an iron.
Take the process one step further by applying a tape resist to the previously painted fabric and applying another layer of fabric paint. Opaque white paint mixed with the colors previously used gives an interesting effect. Heat-set the fabric between each layer of paint after removing the masking tape.
Protect painted fabric to be used in home furnishings with ScotchgardB. Hand-wash hand-painted fabric used in clothing.
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