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DIY Natural Fabric Paint with Earth Pigments

There currently aren’t any natural and non-toxic fabric paints on the market that are permanent and water-proof. BUT you can now make your own!

– Dry [Yellow] soybeans
– Natural Earth Paint pigment (Buy Here
– Gum Tragacanth

Materials Needed:
– Organic Cotton Canvas (Buy Here) or any cotton fabric.
– Jar
– Blender
– Muslin Fabric/Cheesecloth/any dishtowels 
– Bowls & spoon
– Paintbrushes 
– Detergent 

 Part 1: Making Soy Milk

1. Put 1/4 cup of soybeans and water into a jar and let the beans soak overnight.

2. Strain the soybeans and place them into a blender with three cups of warm water. Blend for a good four minutes.

3. Place the muslin fabric over a bowl and strain the blended liquid through the fabric.


4. Repeat the blending and straining step one more time using the left over residue and two cups of water instead of three. After two rounds of blending and straining, throw away the soybean residue.

5. Thin your liquid with a little water until it looks like the color of skim milk. 

6. Soak your cotton canvas/fabric into the liquid completely. Allow your canvas to air dry completely.

7. Store the remaining liquid in an air-tight jar and refrigerate it.


Part 2: Making the Paint

1. Combine 1 teaspoon of natural earth pigment with 1/2 teaspoon of the gum tragacanth.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of soy milk liquid and mix well. If needed, you can add more soy milk 1/4 teaspoon at a time until it meets your consistency and is smooth. 


3. Store your paint in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to use. 


Part 3: Painting

1. Gather your pre-treated fabric and your paint and brushes.

2. Paint your own designs and inspirations on the fabrics. 

3. When you’re done, let your masterpiece air-dry for up to two days minimum.


Part 4: Washing Out & Displaying

1. After a few days, take your painted fabrics and hand wash them in water with detergent. Be gentle. Let your fabric air dry on again.



In the end, you’ll have beautifully done, hand-painted, permanent fabric, yours truly. 


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