Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Crayons on Fabric

I am thinking of trying some new techniques with fabric. Trying out some different painting and mark making on fabric and papers for some art quilts. Before I run headlong into it though, I wanted to test some of the products.

 I can only test what I have at home and I am not buying anymore unless I find I really love them or use them a lot.

The picture above shows the crayons that I have. Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2, which are water soluble crayons, Crayola Fabric crayons, Faber-Castell crayons and Shiva Paintstiks.

I have used the Shiva Paintstiks very successfully on quilts before and 10 years later they still look just as good as when I first used them. But I put them into the test anyway. The only drawback to Shiva Paintstiks is that they are oil paint in a stick form and if you get any on the floor or clothes it is there forever. They form a skin on the top and you have to cut the skin away to use them again and that's where little bits of paint can end up in the most unexpected places.

Here is my fabric with the crayons drawn on.

Crayons before washing

1. The top two red marks are the Shiva Paintstiks.

2. Underneath that I brushed the Neocolor 2 with water.

3. Then I brushed Neocolor 2 with textile medium.

4. Then Neocolor 2 ironed.

5. The Crayola Fabric crayons are recommended for synthetic fabrics but I thought they would be ok on cotton too.

6. The Faber-Castell crayons are ordinary craft crayons.

The last two (5 and 6) I painted textile medium on the bottom half to see if it made a difference.

I dunked them in cold water and gave a little rub as well. Then I dried and ironed them.

Crayons after washing.

1. The Paintstiks were hardly changed which was pretty good because you are supposed to heat set them with an iron first and I forgot to do that.

2. The Neocolor 2 with water was fine but a little duller and lost a bit of colour.

3. The Neocolor 2 with textile medium didn't lose any colour and was quite vibrant.

4. The Neocolor 2 that was just ironed, washed out a lot. They are water soluble crayons so I guess they are not supposed to be used without water or textile medium.

5. The Crayola Fabric Crayons were much more vibrant with the textile medium applied.

6. The Faber-Castell crayons that are not even fabric crayons were still ok when I used textile medium with them.

I thought that was the end of my testing, but I happened to see a post on Facebook where someone was recommending crayons on Fabric and said that they are fine on fabric if you heat set them with an iron.
I hadn't tried heat setting with an iron so I quickly did another little test.

Heat set Crayons

Heat set Crayons after washing.

The Crayola Fabric Crayons fared the best. But once again the Neocolor 2 are water-soluble and so are not supposed to be used without water or textile medium.

I am not sure how much I will use crayons on fabric but at least I know how to use them the most effectively now.

A few years ago, I did a test using Inktense pencils on Fabric and I found that they worked the best with textile medium. By the way, that Inktense post from 2012 is my most read post ever.

Bye for now,


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great information - thank you! I actually played a bit with crayons last week but all I had were regular Crayolas which I tried to heat set. I was attempting to add highlights to fabric using the white crayon but when I heat set the crayon simply disappeared into the fabric leaving no sign behind. So I went back to using coloured pencils and then I will add a thin layer of 'Jacquard's Textile Colorless Extender' over top and heat set. I don't remember who/where I got the info to use the Colorless Extender but it seems to work. Stops the coloured pencil from coming off on your hands at least so it should improve the longevity on a landscape. I hope!

Robbie said...

I used to be hooked on paint sticks but got using Gelato's and I love, love them. I used them quite a bit on my woodpecker tree! Good way to test and thanks for sharing each step/technique you did with them. Good reference!

Linda Steele said...

I haven't used the extender to set crayons and pencils but I suppose it is a textile medium so it would work. Great to know that it works as well.

Linda Steele said...

I feel very tempted to buy the Gelatos after your recommendation, Robbie!

jude's page said...

Well done LInda, great reference for you. I remember using Shiva sticks a long time ago, and think I should have some around here, but not too sure where. Must jog the memory.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude, I have a lot of Shiva paintstiks but I don't find them convenient to use.