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Acrylic paints, also known as "artist paints," are often found in church supply closets next to the water-based paints. They are good for higher end artistic projects, and where you want a permanent paint.  Great for canvases and wood too.

One of the places you want "permanent" is when painting on fabrics, such as t-shirts, or pillowcases in Sunday School. Here's how to easily turn your acrylic paints into DURABLE fabric paints.

Fabric Paints

Make your own Fabric Paints using acrylic paints or puff paints you may already have in your supply closet.

acrylic paintsTo transform acrylic paints (which will crack on fabric) into flexible fabric paints... Just create a solution of 1 part glycerin to 5 parts water, then mix with your acrylic paints to make a fabric paint that's permanent and flexible.  Or you can buy pre-mixed "glycerol" (water the glycerin) or "Liquidtex" -type products to add to acrylic paints to make them usable on fabrics.

This tip works with real acrylic or "water-based" acrylic-like paints.

Another idea Posted by Judi Leaming to transform acrylic paint
Use Textil Medium. From the label and back of a bottle of Folk Art Textile Medium (PLAID). "Prewash fabric. Secure to waxed paper covered board. (HINT: I just stuck pieces of foam board inside those obnoxious plastic "take-your-food" home from the grocery bags and then stuffed that inside the washed t-shirts.) Shake Medium well. Mix 1 part Medium to 2 parts FolkArt Acrylic Paint. Clean up while wet with some cool water. Before washing, air dry 24 hours then heat set. CARE: Wash inside out in cold water".

You can also "paint" with the "puff paints" they sell in small bottles in the craft isle at Wal Mart or the local craft store. Instead of applying directly to fabric, squeeze the puff paint onto a plate and use a brush to apply.

Great article about it here: https://blog.udemy.com/acrylic-paint-on-fabric/   That article also talks about HEAT SETTING your fabric/acrylic paints to speed up drying time and make more permanent.

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A clever and inexpensive way to make your own Art Easels...

Problem: Art Easels help keep paint off your kids, the floor, and the table, but they have always been too expensive and bulky to purchase for a group of kids in an Art Workshop. 

Solution: Writing Team to the Rescue!  We searched the web and found some great ideas for making portable table-top easels out of cardboard.  

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DIY TIPS: Fold and tape extra-heavy duty boxes into triangles and tape to the tabletop so they don't move. You can also tape a flat cardboard base to them so they stand on their own on top of the table. Add "S" hooks to them so you can store them "up" on hooks in your room or supply closet. 

This is the kind of problem-solving and creative resourcing we do for the Writing Team Lesson Sets. See the Team's lesson menu.


Three Great Reasons to Use an Easel for Painting Projects

1. When using an easel, kids tend to use less paint because using too much will cause it to run down the canvas. Less paint often results in higher quality artistic results too.

2. Painting on an easel means kids don't have to lean over a table to paint, and that keeps more paint on the canvas and less on their arms and smock.

3. Painting on an easel means smaller kids don't have to kneel on a chair to reach the top of their canvas. This means you can remove the chairs altogether which tend to get in the way and get paint on them. (We love art stools anyway. )




Photo credits: ArtBar, Cardboard Collective, and Children's Museum of NY. Non-artistic photographs of common objects cannot be copyrighted, but we appreciate their effort nonetheless in bringing this idea to everyone's attention.

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