FolkArt Paint Review

Plaid Crafts was nice enough to send me some samples of some of their acrylic paints and brush on fabric paints for me to test out and review.  Here are my thoughts (so far) on what they sent me.

FolkArt Acrylic Paints
I’m pretty familiar with the standard FolkArt acrylic paints, having used them for various projects over the years.  Largely, what I’d used them on in the past has been wood pieces I was painting detailing on.  They always go on smoothly, mix and blend nicely, and the colors?  If you want it, they’ve got it (and if they don’t, you can easily mix it up without your colors clumping)!

I’d never used them on fabric though… at least not intentionally, haha!  And for my Painted Bobs project, that’s what I was going to be doing.

As expected, the acrylic paints went on smoothly and easily, and weren’t “soaked up” by the fabric causing lighter-than-expected coverage or (worse) bleeding past where I wanted the paints to be.  Granted, I’d dripped and smudged these paints on myself enough on the past to have a slight idea of what to expect, but it was nice to see my expectations met!


The sample of acrylic paints Plaid Crafts sent me.  I used both colors for my Bobs.

The only thing I am not huge on, but don’t really see being that big of a deal with this particular project is that the acrylic paints did dry a little “crusty”.  They have a distinct texture when you run your finger over them, and while on my Bobs they’re set on a stiff fabric that doesn’t move much, I imagine on a tee or lighter fabric this would be rather unpleasant and could affect wearing.  But that’s very likely the reason FolkArt designed special brush on paints for fabric.

FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On
Initially, I was wary of the brush-on fabric paints.  I figured they’d feel just like normal acrylic paints do on fabric–stiff and crusty–despite the fact that the bottles say “Feels Soft”.  I was also worried that mixing them with the normal acrylic paints would cause problems–either gloopiness or not drying right.  However, my expectations here were greatly exceeded, I’m happy to say!


The sample of brush on fabric paints Plaid Crafts sent me.  I only used the Magenta for my Bobs, and am reserving Licorice and Metallic Silver Sterling for other projects.

Not only did the paints go on smoothly, with no bleeding or seeping into my fabric, but I was able to mix them easily with the acrylic paints to achieve the highlighting effect I wanted in my flowers.  In fact, they even mixed with other brand acrylic paints that I already had, and did so easily and without any gloopiness or drying issues!

And like I mentioned, there was the texture issue–or rather, the fact that the paints left very little noticeable texture.  You can clearly feel the fabric through the brush on fabric paint and there’s no crusty effect goin’ on at all.  It’s really nice, and I’m looking forward to trying the brush on paints on things that are more flexible.  Next in line, I plan to paint a denim shirt and pair of jeans, followed by a dress as well.

Would I buy them again?
You bet!  I’d buy both the acrylic paints and the brush on fabric paints again in a heartbeat.

In fact, I’m going to make a point of looking for a few more colors of the fabric paints the next time I’m at the craft stores, because there are some projects I’ve got on my She’s Crafty board that the brush on fabric paints will be perfect for.  And if I can’t find them in stores, I plain on ordering them direct from Plaid.

Now it’s just a matter of finding the time to get back into doing some crafty stuff!

Want free stuff from Plaid?
Plaid Crafts has been kind enough of offer my 200th Facebook Fan free Mod Podge and FolkArt Extreme Glitter Paints!  For more info about what you get, go here.  Or just go like my Fanpage.  I’m really close to 200 right now, so the lucky winner could be you!

I was sent complimentary product for this post but was not compensated for my opinion of the product.  The review of the products above are my own honest opinions and were not influenced by Plaid Crafts in any way.

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7 comments for “FolkArt Paint Review

  1. kirstinmarie
    April 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    These sound like great paints to use! I like the colors. That’s great that they work so well with fabric, it’s always hard to find that!

    • Rachel Jay
      April 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Yea, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they do on more flexible fabrics. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to at least do a swatch test this weekend!

  2. Lindielee
    December 15, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Thank you so much for your review of the fabric paint. I’m making a recycled jean quilt that I have stenciled with regular craft paints and a special medium. The jean quilt is more like a utility quilt(for road trips etc.) rather than a cosy blanket so the stiffness of the paint is ok with it. Future projects will be soft cotton fabrics so thanks gain for your input – it is greatly appreciated.

    • December 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Glad to help! I recently did a shirt with standard fabric paints (I mixed a custom color) and the difference between that and a shirt I did with just the folk art silver are staggering. Way stiffer compared to just the folk art paints.

  3. October 16, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Ahhh, my dream would be to be given craft supplies to review! I used to work at Michaels and always saw FolkArt products, but surprisingly never purchased any in favor of Martha Stewart products. I will definitely pick these up next time I need some paint 🙂

  4. Hanan
    March 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Many thanks for the review. I recently purchased a set of FolkArt Fabric Paint and am excited to use it on a blank t-shirt. I was wondering though, do I have to do anything to make the paint stick on the fabric even after washing? or do I just leave to dry for 3 days?

    • March 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM

      You definitely don’t need to do anything to make the paint stick! Once it’s there, it’s there! Definitely make sure that you put something between the layers of the shirt (like cardboard) as the paint will bleed, plus it will make it easier to paint on something flat and hard. Also, you might want to wash the shirt first so that if it shrinks, it does it before you paint. And once you’re done painting and you need to wash the shirt again, you might want to avoid the dryer. It will help the paint last longer, I think.

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