Dyeing & Painting Fabric with Chalk Paint

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Dyeing & Painting Fabric with Chalk Paint

Dyeing & Painting Fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Dip dyeing with Chalk PaintTM

Dip dyeing with Chalk PaintTM is a great way to completely change the colour of fabric small or large. You can control how strong the colour comes through simply by adding more water. Linen, cotton, cotton voile and synthetic curtains all work well with this technique.

The Technique:

Create your dye by adding 1 tablespoon of Chalk PaintTM to roughly 1 litre of tepid water in a bucket or washing up bowl – stir thoroughly to ensure the paint is completely diluted and evenly dispersed. Dip your fabric into the dye, allowing the fabric to soak it in. Agitate the fabric until the whole piece is evenly dyed. Do not leave the fabric to soak – remove from the water and leave to drip-dry out- doors or next to a heater. Once dry iron or tumble dry the fabric to seal the colour.


For colour fastness the best method is to eat seal by tumble drying once it has completely drip dried or dry in direct sunshine, You can then wash your material on a 30 degree wash with no colour loss.* Note; If you use a stronger quantity of paint in your dye there might be more fade.


Painting fabric with a dye wash!

If you’re looking to create areas of colour this technique is great, just control your finish with the help of a little masking tape.


Painting on a canvas chair with Chalk Paint

It is best to choose a chair that is not to soft & squishy as it will be to absorbent and not dry out. The chair used here is a 1960’s Office Furniture which has a slight pad to it, it has been covered in plain calico.

Paint on directly but do have a glass of water nearby to dip in your brush so that the paint is thin enough & will absorb nicely into the fabric, do two coats for an even coverage. Allow the seat to dry for 24 hours or until it is bone dry. Then apply your coat of wax, for a shiny surface polish the wax this will give it more of a leathery feel.


Painting directly on to fabric!

This is the best method to use if you’re painting fine lines or stencils on to up- holstery, but is not suitable for large areas of upholstery. Simply apply undiluted paint to the fabric and iron to heat seal once the paint has dried!

When stencilling you may prefer to use a roller for a softer finish.


Put the fabric through a 30 degree wash to soften and lift a little of the paint, for a rustic, worn finish. The longer the fabric is left unwashed the less likely it will be to fade once washed.

Decoupage & Photocopying!

Decoupaging can work well on fabric as well, just make sure you use a Laser jet printer for the image. Cover a piece of cardboard or another usable surface with clingfilm and attach the fabric with masking tape, then apply the decoupage to the area on the fabric & on the front of the image, press down carefully smoothing out all wrinkles, leave to dry or force dry with a hairdryer. Wash off excess paper using your fingers to gently remove. Now you have your decoupaged image, it has a waxy, wipeable finish so is great for use on a seat cover or something that is not too cuddly!

To photocopy an image simply adhere your fabric ideally Cotton or Linen to A4 or A3 paper using a sprayglue, trim to exact size making sure there are no loose threads and put through the photocopier on a normal setting!

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