If you are more of a drawer than a painter then you can use Derivan Fabric Art Markers range to create hand-drawn designs. These unique double-ended markers have a chisel and bullet end for maximum versatility. Use the chisel tip to create larger flat lines and the smaller bullet tip for smaller consistent lines. The clear caps enable you see the colour no matter what end you look at. Derivan FabricArt Marker’s colours are transparent and matt when dry, they resist fading on most fabrics and are wash resist during normal wash cycles. Heat fixing required. They are acid free and odour free.
For best results wash and iron beforehand to remove any sizing. Allow the fabric to dry. The markers will work on cotton, polyester and most fabrics. Please note that colours may not show up on dark coloured fabrics. It is prudent to do a test piece prior to embarking on a large project.
Place the fabric to be decorated on top of a piece paper or cardboard to prevent the markers from bleeding through the cloth. If you are drawing on a T-shirt, place the paper inside the shirt, between the front and back sections. Lay the fabric out on any work surface so it is smooth. It is best to tape the edges to hold the fabric in place while you work.
Colour your material using plenty of ink. Light marks are more likely to wash out. Saturating the fabric well will guarantee the colour will remain on the fabric. Put aside your creation to let it dry before you set the design with heat. Drying times may range from just a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on how thoroughly you have covered your fabric. Test the surface of the paint to ensure it is dry.