Adding designs to bed sheets is a great way to make them unique.You can apply textile paints to personalize your sheets.Put the sheets in your work area so you have a flat painting surface.There are many ways to achieve different effects on the sheets when you apply the paint.Before you paint them, make sure to let them dry so the colors don’t fade.
Step 1: Before painting the sheets, wash and dry them.
The sheets should be put in a washing machine with the warmest water.Let the wash cycle run if you add detergent.Put your sheets in the drier and run it on the hottest setting after that.Before painting on the sheets, allow them to dry completely.Since there is more fabric, the paint will adhere better to higher thread counts.Pre-shrinking the sheets will prevent them from getting distorted if you wash them later on.
Step 2: Place the sheet flat in your work area.
If you want the workspace to stay flat, you need to find a large workspace where you can spread out the sheet.You can smooth out the surface by putting your hand in the middle of the sheet.It is important to keep the sheet stretched tight while you are painting.If the sheet is wrinkled, iron it out before you paint it.If you don’t have enough room to spread out the entire sheet, you can fold it up to save space.
Step 3: Place a piece of cardboard behind the section you are painting.
You can use a piece of cardboard larger than the area you are painting to slide underneath the sheet.Pull the sheet tight to the edges of the cardboard and clip clothespins around it to keep it from sliding.The design will look distorted if there aren’t anywrinkles on the sheet.The cardboard prevents the paint from bleeding through the sheet.
Step 4: You should put the textile paint on the palette.
Textile paints are made to stay flexible when they dry so the sheets don’t get stiff.There is about 2 inches of space between the coin-sized amounts of the colors you want to use.If you accidentally mix the shades together, keep the colors separated.You can buy paints at your craft store.If you want to lighten the colors on your palette, mix them with white paint.Combine your colors with black paint to make them darker.
Step 5: You can rinse your brushes by filling a bowl or glass with clean water.
Before you fill the bowl or glass, make sure it’s clean.Put the container within reach of your work surface by using cold water from your sink.You can rinse your brushes if you switch paint colors.You can dry your brushes by keeping a few paper towels near the water.
Step 6: Freehand designs can be painted with flat- and pointed-tip brushes.
If you want to apply broad strokes or make thick lines, use brushes with flat tips.Thin pointed-tip brushes can be used for more detailed lines.There is an even coat of paint on the tip of your paintbrush if you dip the bristles.The bristles should be set on the sheets.Pull the brush in the direction you want it to go.The size of the brush is dependent on how large you want it to be.You can experiment with the brush set from the craft store.If you want to have a guide to follow, outline your design with a pencil or chalk.When applying textile paints to fabric, be careful not to get any in places where you don’t want paint.If you want to make a natural feeling backdrop, try painting flowers or trees.
Step 7: If you want to stencil bed sheets, apply paint with a sponge brush.
Attach your stencil to the sheet with masking tape.There is a thin, even layer of paint on the end of a sponge brush.To get the sponge brush on the stencil, start from the outer edges of the design.To evenly apply the paint on the sheets, work toward the center of the stencil.To prevent color-bleed, take the stencil off the sheet immediately.If you want to make your own stencil, you can buy it from your local craft store.It will take longer to dry and the edges may look messy if you apply the paint in thick layers.If you want to make bed sheet sets with matching designs, painting with a stencil is a great way to do it.If you want the writing to be legible, try stenciling letters.
Step 8: Use a rubber brayer to cover large areas of paint.
A brayer looks like a paint roller but is made of hard rubber.Roll the brayer in the paint until it has a tacky layer on the rubber.Roll the brayer across the sheet by starting at the top.If you want to cover the sheet completely, overlap each stroke by 1–2 inches.When the paint starts to get thin on the brayer, apply it again.You can buy a rubber brayer at a craft store.If you want to make a colored backdrop from your sheets, use a brayer.If you want to paint a sunrise or sunset, try adding horizontal stripes of color from a dark black shade to a yellow or orange.
Step 9: Try spraying fabric spray paint on the sheets.
You can find fabric spray paint at your local craft store or online.Hold the spray paint container above the sheet and press the button to spray it.If you want to get more coverage, hold the button down and use short bursts of paint.The spray paint should be closer to the sheet if you want it to be more concentrated.Regular spray paint can cause the sheet to stiffen after it dries.It is possible to fill in stencils with fabric spray paint.
Step 10: To give the paint a watercolor effect, wet the fabric with a spray bottle.
Remove the sheet from the water and it will be slightly damp to the touch.Spread the paint over the wet section of the sheet.It is easier to create a painterly look with the paint moving around on the fabric surface.Sprinkle salt on the paint to add texture to it.Some of the water will be absorbed by the salt.If you want something that feels relaxing, try making clouds on a blue backdrop.To make an abstract design, use a variety of colors and paint them in random sizes and shapes.
Step 11: Paint can be used to create a splatter effect.
Put a toothbrush with stiff bristles in the paint color you want to apply.If you hold the toothbrush and flick your wrist, the bristles will face the sheet.If you want a tight splatter pattern, keep the toothbrush close to the sheet, or keep it further away.When you change colors, rinse the toothbrush.The toothbrush should not be used for anything other than painting.If you want to add random designs to your bedsheet, this works well.
Step 12: If you want a wrinkled pattern, soak the sheet in water and paint it.
Pick a bucket large enough to hold the entire bed sheet and fill it with water.Put a coin-sized amount of fabric paint in the bucket and mix it with the water.Put the sheet in the water for 2 hours.Take the sheet out of the water and wring it out.You can see the pattern left by the paint by folding the sheets.The method works well if you want to make a pattern.While the sheet is wet, paint will build up in thewrinkles and make them darker.
Step 13: Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.
When you finish painting, leave the sheet undisturbed so it can dry.The painted section of the sheet should be kept flat.After 24 hours, lightly tap the paint with your finger to make sure it is dry to the touch.Before checking again, leave the paint to dry for another hour.You should check the drying times listed on the paints you used.
Step 14: To heat-set it, hold an iron 1–2 inches over the paint.
When you wash your sheets, heat-setting prevents the textile paints from fading.Keep an iron at least 1–2 inches over the painted surface by turning it on to medium or high heat.The paints bond to the fabric when the iron is moved over them.If you used pure acrylic paints, you don’t have to heat set them.You still need to mix the textile medium with the acrylics.
Step 15: To preserve the color, wash your sheets on a gentle cycle.
If you want to use detergent and fabric softener, use the gentlest cycle on your washing machine.Use the setting labeled “Delicates” or “Gentle” on your drier to keep the colors intact after the wash.Hang the sheets on a clothesline to dry if possible.You don’t want to ruin them in your machine.
Step 16: To prevent fading, keep the sheets out of the sun.
The colors may fade due to the break down of the pigments in the paints.If you want your designs to last longer, place your sheets away from a window or light.If you want to use the sheets outside, fold them up as often as possible so the sun doesn’t damage the paints.If the colors on your sheets fade, you can always paint over them again.