Just before Christmas I was sent some of the Dylon craft range to try out. The craft range consists of fabric pens and paints which allow you to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your clothes or get crafty and create wonderous things. I had plans to make some Christmas decorations with them but things got a little bit busy and I never had time. At the weekend I decided I was going to have a play and decided to have a go at decorating some plain white pillow cases and making them a little bit more fun.
These are the different paints I was sent.
As you can see there was a variety of different products, a green fabric pen, white fabric paint and red and green 3D glossy paint which looked very intriguing. Looking at the colours I had available I decided I was going to paint a red rose onto the pillow case.
I am not very artistic so I found a template to work from before I started. I printed this out and placed it under the pillowcase. It is also advised that you place some sort of backing underneath the working area so I used an old magazine. I suspect this is to prevent the dye leaking though the fabric and causing a mess on the work surface. It is worth looking at the different instructions on the pack before starting. Some of the paints you can leave to dry, but some need ironing to fix. This may effect the order in which you use them so do plan ahead. All the instructions are really clear and easy to follow.
I started with the fabric pen as this needed to be ironed after application in order to fix it to the fabric.
I used it to draw the outline of the leaves and stalk onto the pillowcase. The pen was really easy to use, just like a big felt tip. The nib is tapered so you can either do big wide strokes or fine detailed ones, depending what you are drawing. I was quite pleased with the result. The pen dried really quickly so after a quick iron I was onto the next stage.
At this point I used the 3D glossy pain to fill in the leaves.
This was easy to apply from the bottle and you could use the tip of the bottle for fine precision. The dye needs to be left to dry for four hours or overnight. When it is dry it has a glossy look and raised edges and looks really well.
The final step was to use the red 3D glossy paint to finish the rose. This is how it turned out.
I was really pleased with the finished result and it has definitely brightened up my pillowcase. Dylon fabric dyes are a really simple way to brighten up clothes or add a touch of your own style to something and I shall try these again. I may even let my son try them on a white t-shirt as they are so easy to use. What do you think of my finished piece?
For more information: http://www.dylon.co.uk/products.php?category=sub-category&alias=craft
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