Plaid FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint Cup & Napkin Project


Plaid recently sent me a fun box of goodies, including some colors of their FolkArt Multi Surface Paints and Handmade Charlotte Stencils, both now available at Michaels.

Not too long ago, it seemed that you had to buy a specific paint for a specific craft – glass paint for glass, wood paint for wood, fabric paint for fabric, but Plaid has come up with a formulation that works for multiple mediums – which is so awesome! A crafter’s supply closet has only so much room, right? Even better, this paint is dishwasher safe and machine washable!

For this project, I thought I’d test the paints on both glass and fabric. We have had this set of coffee and tea glasses since I was in college. Back then they were pretty modern.  I loved their minimalist look and fitted cork coasters (see before photo here). I figured a little colored paint would help jazz them up, while also making it easy to tell them apart.

Following the directions on the bottles, I cleaned the glasses and then wiped them with rubbing alcohol. Then I taped off a couple of stripes on each glass, and used the spouncers to daub on the paint. I found if I used a tapping motion (instead of wiping), the paint left an interestingly spongy texture. Now I leave them to dry for 21 days before use, or I could use the “bake” directions found on Plaid’s site to speed up the curing process. Tip: you MUST remove the tape immediately after paint application or the paint will peel up in patches if you remove it after it has started to dry.

Next were the matching cloth napkins. I wanted something that would really complement my newly painted glasses. I did a web search and found that
“proper” tea napkins are 12-inch square. Then I cut the squares using my pinking shears – no hemming required! There were several stencils from the Handmade Charlotte pack that were cute, but the mustache, arrow, star and crown were the perfect size for the napkins, adding just a touch of whimsy. Positioning the stencil on the napkin, I again used the spouncer to daub on paint the same way I did the glasses. Then I carefully lifted it off. Tip: All four stencils were on the same sheet. To keep the previous color of paint from smearing I stuck a sticky-note to the bottom of each stencil once I was done. I also put a sticky note underneath the top layer of fabric, just in case the paint decided to bleed through.

Now I’ve got a cute new set to enjoy! What about you? Can you think of a painting project at your house that would benefit from a coat or two of FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint? Then don’t miss the GIVEAWAY! The lucky winner will receive a FolkArt Multisurface prize pack and $100 Michaels gift card! Enter to win here.

This is a sponsored post by Blueprint Social and Plaid. I was happy to have the opportunity to test these products and to be compensated for the time it took me to create, write about, and photograph my project.  The opinions and craft project here are completely my own.

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4 thoughts on “Plaid FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint Cup & Napkin Project

  1. Love what you did with these – the cups are adorable!

  2. Thank you so much Mandy!

  3. I’m curious, have you washed the napkins? If so how did the paint hold up? Thanks.

  4. Good question! You know, I haven’t yet washed the napkins. However, when I do, I will report back. Also, I thought I’d include the information from about heat setting. It has been an important step in past fabric painting projects I’ve done.

    Heat Setting Your Fabric:
    Wait 24 hours after you have painted your project before heat setting. To make the paint adhere to the fibers and to make it more durable for washing use a cloth that has been dampened with white vinegar – a piece of old sheet works great. Place the cloth over the painting. Then, using a dry setting on your iron, steam the vinegar soaked cloth to set the paint.

    Caring for your Painted Fabric:
    If you must wash your project, we suggest that you wait 72 hours and then wash in a mild soap such as Ivory Snow. Do not use a heavy detergent or Woolite.

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