Fabric Markers

What is a fabric marker?

A fabric marker is a marker with specially formulated ink to permanently adhere to fabric. They also have specially designed tips to glide over fabric without skipping or bleeding unlike a marker designed for paper and other surfaces.

Do I need to prewash the fabric before decorating with fabric markers?

It depends. If your project is something that will be washed and dried afterwards, then it is recommended to prewash the fabric to avoid shrinking after. Prewashing also removes the sizing from new clothing, so the fabric absorbs the color better. But if your project is simply for display, then prewashing won’t make a huge difference in the end.

How long does it take fabric markers to dry?

For best results, it is recommended to let your fabric markers design dry flat for 24 hours.

How do you wash clothes after using fabric markers?

Machine wash clothes decorated with fabric markers on gentle cycle after 24 hours. Tumble dry low.

Can you wash off fabric marker?

Fabric markers contain permanent color that is designed to not wash out of clothing or fade over time. To remove fabric marker, apply hydrogen peroxide or your preferred stain remover to the area while the ink is still wet. After the ink has dried, the color will be permanent on the fabric. Rub the hydrogen peroxide into the fabric to loosen the pigment and pat dry. Repeat as needed to remove the ink and wash fabric. This will remove most of the color from the fabric.

Are fabric markers permanent on fabric?

A fabric marker contains permanent color that is formulated to not wash out of fabric or fade.

What does heat set mean?

Heat set means to apply heat to the fabric with an iron to your fabric markers color.

What type of fabrics are best for using fabric markers?

Most fabric markers work best on cotton and canvas, as these fabrics absorb ink the best. Other fabrics are okay to use, but it is always recommended to first test marker on an inconspicuous area to achieve your best results.

What are the different tips available for fabric markers?

Tulip Fabric Markers come in many different tip sizes and shapes for a wide variety of application methods. Tips available are Fine Tip, Extra Fine Tip, Brush Tip, Chisel Tip and Bullet Tip. Click here to learn more about how to find the right type of fabric marker tip for your next project.  https://www.tulipcolor.com/marker-tips-find-the-right-one-for-your-next-project

Are the inks nontoxic in Tulip Fabric Markers?

Yes, Tulip fabric marker inks are nontoxic and safe to use for all ages.

How should I store my fabric markers?

Fabric markers should be stored horizontally.

How do you prevent fabric markers from bleeding?

To avoid having the ink bleed out when coloring, be careful not to stop or pause with the tip of the fabric marker resting on the fabric as the color will bleed out into it. If you find yourself hesitating, lift the marker off the fabric while you think about what you're doing.

 

The grain of your fabric also has an impact on how well a fabric marker works. A coarse grain or rough texture to a fabric means there are possible “bumps” the pen has to go over. A fine grain or smooth fabric is easier to work on. If in doubt, test the marker on a scrap bit of fabric or in an inconspicuous area.

 

To prevent ink from bleeding through the layers of the fabric, insert a shirt board or piece of cardboard between the layers of fabric to prevent the color to seep through fabric to the second layer of fabric as well as provide a stable decorating surface.

What is the difference between a fabric marker and a fabric paint marker?

Tulip Fabric Markers are permanent on fabric and work best on light colored fabrics. Tulip Fabric Paint Markers use a thicker, paint ink formula that works on dark and light-colored fabrics. These markers need to be shaken and pressed down on a flat surface before use in order to for the ink to saturate the nib.

What do I do if my marker is dry?

If tip of marker becomes dry, dip the tip in water to reactivate. You can also try storing the marker horizontally for 24 hours to reactivate.

What color fabrics work best with my fabric markers?

Tulip Fabric Markers work best on light colored fabrics. For projects on darker colored fabrics, use Tulip Fabric Paint Markers.

Can my fabric markers be used on surfaces other than fabric?

Tulip Fabric Markers can be used on a variety of craft surfaces such as fabric, canvas, and paper. For more crafting fun, try Tulip Fabric Paint Markers on surfaces such as denim, wood, rocks, and more.

What is the best marker to use on fabric?

Fabric markers are popular because of their versatility to use on a variety of fabrics and they are less messy than paint and a paintbrush. They allow you to be more precise with your designs while still offering the bright, bold results of paint. The variety of tips on fabric markers will help you be flexible and versatile to create your fabric masterpieces.

Will fabric markers wash out?

Fabric markers contain permanent color that is designed to not wash out of clothing or fade over time.

What are the best fabric markers for T-shirts?

Choosing what fabric marker that works for you will depend on whether you’re working on a small or large area, applying color to multiple projects and the look of your design with regards to how much color you will apply. The different tip sizes and types will offer you many options with regards to application. It is always recommended to test apply your ink first on a scrap piece of similar fabric or in an inconspicuous place on your shirt.

What fabric markers should I use on shoes?

When decorating canvas shoes with fabric markers, you’ll want fabric markers that have tips that will offer a smooth, even application and easy blending.

What are opaque markers?

Opaque markers, also called Fabric Paint Markers, contain real acrylic paint in a variety of colors that are formulated to not wash out of fabric.

How do you use opaque markers?

To activate the Opaque Marker (or Fabric Paint Marker), just shake the marker with cap on, remove cap and press down on the bullet tip to get the paint flowing. If tip of opaque marker becomes dry, dip in water to reactivate.

How can I remove opaque marker?

To remove opaque marker inks, which are used in our Fabric Paint Markers, apply hydrogen peroxide or your preferred stain remover to the area while the ink is still wet. After the ink has dried, the color will be permanent on the fabric. Rub the hydrogen peroxide into the fabric to loosen the pigment and pat dry. Repeat as needed to remove the ink and wash fabric. This will remove most of the color from the fabric.