INTENSE WASH TESTS ( This is written by Elizabeth)
After using Inktense Pencils for a while I decided I needed to do wash tests. I have completed about 15 wash variations to test the “Permanent” nature of the Pencils for myself.
My initial reaction to the tests results were disappointment…so I did many more tests, talked with Dee, and evaluated the results.
All of the wash tests were performed in my washing machine.
Things that effected my samples.
During the Waco Show Dee made several samples with three different activation methods. She used Water, Aloe Vera, and Fabric Medium.
The results of the Wash tests on these were much better (Note they were still affected by the incomplete nature of the samples.) and I am pleased with the results.
My conclusions of the most important steps are:
Prewash your fabric and air dry (this is also recommended by Crabapple Hill Designs)
Use enough Ink Pencil for good coverage
Activate Ink of each layer you apply
I will be using a lightly applied layer of Fabric Medium
Press your completed project to help set the colors in the fabric
Below are the three washed samples all were washed in cold water with a mild detergent. I have decided all of my future projects will be washed with Orvus Quilt Soap.
The photos have not been modified except to straighten and crop them and were not taken by a professional.
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NWGCI2: Not prewashed, activated with Water, Pressed before washing, Gentle Detergent, Cold Water
PWGCI2: Prewashed, activated with Water, Pressed before washing, Gentle Detergent, Cold Water
PAGC2: Prewashed, activated with Aloe Vera, Gentle Detergent, Cold Water
NAGCI2: Not prewashed, activated with Aloe Vera, Pressed before washing, Gentle Detergent, Cold Water
NFMGC2: Not prewashed, activated with Fabric Medium, Gentle Detergent, Cold Water
NFMGCI2: Not prewashed, activated with Fabric Medium, Pressed before washing, Gentle Detergent, Cold WaterClick Here to Order Fabric Painting Medium for your Projects.