Thursday, 23 May 2013

DYLON Fabric Paint and Image Maker

DYLON Fabric Craft Range, Fabric Craft, Fabric art

It's been a month since we last reviewed our first lot of DYLON's Craft range. We haven't managed to get the second review done until now, which doesn't happen often, but I had to liaise with the PR regarding the Image Maker, and then it was also a very busy month for us, so it took me longer than expected to work on the Image Maker.

DYLON Fabric Craft, Fabric paint, DYLON Fabric Paint

DYLON Fabric Craft, Fabric paint, DYLON Fabric Paint

First the Fabric Paints. They come in 18 colours (standard, metallic and colours suitable for dark fabrics) in 25ml glass jars. They are as easy to use as normal paint, though because they are fairly runny and they do stain your clothes permanently (obviously and a good thing at that!) you'll have to use it with a bit more care. Simply place a protective backing underneath any washable fabrics and paint just like how you would paint on a piece of paper, then leave it to dry. Place a cotton cloth on top of the painted area and iron it for 1-2 minutes on very hot setting to seal the colour. See their website for further instructions.

Before we started painting, Clay has climbed on to my desk and got hold of a purple pot. He managed to unscrew it and pour half a jar of paint all over himself! Needless to say, his blue PJ pants are now covered with purple patches.

Abby had fun drawing on her t-shirt, and drew a sparkling candy on the back. I have no idea why ther eis a cross in the middle of it though! She mixed her drawing with the Fabric Pens and 3D Fabric paints, though she seem to have some difficulty squeezing the 3D paint out and had to use both her hands to do it. Still, she loved painting on her clothes, so I had to keep the paints away from her just in case she decided that her white tights are too plain (she drew on them with a marker before at school, I have no idea why)!

The fabric paints colours are lovely and are easy to use, perhaps a bit less so for younger children (blotchy spot here and not enough paint there, just like using normal paint on paper). Just make sure you fix the colours before washing and you'll get some artistic tops for them!

DYLON also have an Image Maker, which is a 50ml tube of Mod Podge/ PVA type of sealant that can be used on fabric, which transfers images from paper to fabric. It does take quite some time for the project to finish, as you'll need to make sure that they dry completely between each stage. Since I'm not a very crafty nor detailed person, I had problems doing it. The first attempt wasn't good for the review as I've misread some of the instructions. After checking with the PR, I took extra precaution for the second attempt and let each stage dry fully overnight, so it took me much longer than it 's needed.

Fabric Craft, DYLON Image Maker, Image transfer to Fabric
Day 1 (Left to right, top to bottom): paint image with Image Maker, transfer to fabric and place upside down,
cover with paper towel and roll over for a minute, blot excess paste
Day 2: Soak image and rub paper off gently, leave to dry

Fabric Craft, DYLON Image Maker, Image transfer to Fabric
Day 3: Rub off fuzzy paper with moist sponge and finger, dry

Fabric Craft, DYLON Image Maker, Image transfer to Fabric
Day 4: Seal image by rubbing a bit of Image Maker into it, dry

Fabric Craft, DYLON Image Maker, Image transfer to Fabric
72 hours later: wash by hand in cool water when turned inside out

The pictures are for the second attempt. I didn't think that the first attempt should be included in the review since I misread the instructions.

This time I've followed the instructions carefully, but again there were all sorts of elements that weren't right for me. The printer ran out of ink half way when printing the picture, and the paper quality wasn't fantastic (this can be a very important factor). I probably haven't put enough Image Maker paste on, and I haven't rolled on it for long enough. I couldn't remove the fuzzy paper properly either.

Although the outcome wasn't good, I don't think I'm in a position to say whether this product is actually working, or whether it creates good results. The only thing I can comment was that it was a bit too tedious for me. It wasn't quite me to try the whole process for the second time, but I didn't think that the first review was suitable to use and it wouldn't be fair to the product if I didn't at least try it again for the second time with the correct steps. The fact is, we enjoyed using the fabric paint, fabric paint pen and 3D paints, and I do use their colour remover sheets (they are like magic!), so I wanted to give them another try, but it really isn't something for someone who hasn't have much patience in doing it properly.

It is quite cool if you can manage to get this working, like Cait from Wayward Daughter that I found through Google. She has managed to transfer a large image on a top, and the outcome looks fantastic! The Image Maker only cost about £5 and it should be enough to transfer 2 A4 sized images, which makes it way cheaper than printing a t-shirt from shops.

If you fancy giving it a go, try a smaller image on some scrap fabric, you'll get the result faster and see whether it works for you. If it works, you'll save yourself quite a lot of money for at least 2 lovely projects, and if it doesn't, you can still use it as Mod Podge or PVA.

Disclosure: We were sent a selection of craft products to review; all opinions are honest and our own