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Help me save my fabric paints!

Some of my fabric paints(Plaid and Tulip Treasures brand) have turned to a rubber like texture(like when they dry on the fabric)I want to save them if I can because they are full bottles and great colors. Is it possible to save them? Or is it that once the paint has set, it's set? Thanks....BTW Your site ROCKS!

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May 13, 2015
Fabric Paints
by: Cheryl

First, thanks so much for your feedback on the website! We have a growing community of visitors who subscribe to my weekly (free) newsletter, The Creative Chronicles. I think you'd enjoy it. :o)

On a different note, your paints sound like they're done. Shelf life varies from brand to brand and type of paint. Regular acrylics keep for about 5 years but I've had success keeping them much longer.

Store them upside down to create an air-tight seal and keep them in a cool place away from sunlight. I have file cabinets in my studio in the cool basement for storage.

I'm sorry about your paints.

May 14, 2015
Thank You for your answer
by: Darla Reta

I just wanted to say thank you cheryl for answering my question. After thinking about my question I thought that my fabric paints were goners, simply because once the air got to them, they more or less had "set" as they do when they are applied to fabric and dry. But your answer was helpful and now I know how to store my paints in the future. I have been keeping my fabric paints sitting in a small bin upright and in my hall closet(not a very cool place). So now I will store my fabric paints the way you suggested. It will save me a lot of time and money in the future.
And I love your site and I plan on coming back often. Have a great day!

May 20, 2015
Dried Up Fabric Paint
by: Cheryl

Hi Darla,
I've had my share of expensive supplies dry up on me too. That's why I can tell you what I know. :o)

I'm glad you're enjoying the site. It will continue to grow and evolve with the changing times. The goal is to inspire creativity in everyone's lives. It is so important to be creative.

Happy crafting and painting!

Cheryl

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