Product Info + Care
Our washable fabric is printed on demand, in Canada, using reactive inks - a permanent way of printing on natural fabrics by creating chemical bonds at a cellular level in fibers. The result is a more durable print with a softer hand feel and vibrant colors.
Our printer uses an eco-friendly digital process that results in less water, less electricity, less dye, and less unused fabric. In addition, all of our fabrics are OKEO-TEX certified and our dyes are all BLUESIGN and GOTS approved.
ORGANIC COTTON HEMP
Use for lightweight home decor like pillows, table linens or fabric wallpaper. It's also great for quilting projects and clothing. And how about for a lining fabric? Everyone loves a little pattern pop on the inside!
Organic cotton hemp feels similar in weight and structure to quilting cotton, but has a lovely composition and tighter weave. It’s a perfect twist when you want to get away from basics. The hemp fibers create small slub textures in the fabric so your print surface has enhanced dimension. It’s easy to manipulate and sew. Use it as an alternative to quilting cotton where you want ease of use but also a bit of structure.
Content | 76% organic cotton/24% hemp
Use for pajamas, scarves, and other accessories. Silk can be an option for luxury, lightweight home decor products like pillows, curtains, or fabric wallpaper.
Our silk twill is a luxurious fabric. At 14mm, this fabric is a medium weight silk and the denser weave provides a beautiful, even surface for the ink to be absorbed. Silk twill has a matte finish so there is only a moderate shine to this fabric. The twill weave features the characteristic diagonals and is both delicate and strong. There's a reason why silk twill is the popular choice for Hermes silk scarves! The drape and dimension of silk twill will suit any high end project.
COTTON LINEN CANVAS
Use for home decor including pillows, poufs, light-use upholstery, and table linens. Or you can pull a Maria a la The Sound of Music and make clothing to match your abode!
Our cotton-linen blend is a medium weight, semi-structured fabric. It has large surface fibers so the canvas weave gives added texture to any of our prints. It's a characteristic we love, but may not be your vibe. Due to the inherent characteristics of linen fibers, solid areas of color may show white spots due to wash-off of seeds or surface fuzz during the finishing process. This is going to be most visible with our prints that have large areas of solid color.
Content | 68% cotton/32% linen
Use for home decor including pillows, poufs, light-use upholstery, and table linens.
Featuring a typical canvas textured surface, our cotton canvas is even and smooth. The tight weave of this fabric has excellent structure so it can be used in projects that require shape and durability. Cotton canvas can be used for light-use upholstery projects, but it has not been tested for rub count.
Content | 100% cotton
CARING FOR REACTIVE FABRICS
- All of our fabrics can be washed in a home washing machine on a normal cycle with cool or warm water using a mild, phosphate-free detergent.
- However, for the first wash, we recommend washing your fabric separate in cold water with a mild, phosphate-free detergent. We suggest adding 1 cup of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of salt to a full wash (not an eco-cycle with reduced water).
- Transfer fabrics immediately to the dryer. Do not allow to sit wet in the washing machine. If fabrics do sit, you may see bluish stains where ink heavy surfaces transfer to lighter areas. If this happens, wash again using the same full water settings and detergent.
- Tumble dry immediately using medium to high heat.
- Iron on the reverse side, if needed, using a cotton setting. Steam may be used to remove wrinkles. Please note that mineral deposits from your iron may cause unexpected staining or marking - to avoid this, use only use distilled water in your iron.
- If you prefer, all fabrics can be dry cleaned as well.
Our stencils are made from 10 mil Mylar® plastic - this material is strong but flexible, and easy to clean. We cut our stencils with a professional-grade CO2 laser cutting machine in our Bucerías, Mexico studio.
If washed and stored correctly, our stencils are reusable and will last project after project.
Washing (for water-based, acrylic, or latex paint)
- First, place a mesh strainer into your sink drain so the paint residue doesn't go down your drain.
- Run the stencil under warm water and lightly scrub with a dish brush. The most important areas to focus on are those on the cut edges.
- If the paint has fully dried, soak the stencil in warm soapy water, or a commercial water-based paint cleaner (like Simple Green or Krud Cutter), for at least an hour (best if overnight). A flat container like a cookie tray, a lid from a plastic storage bin, or wrapping it in a plastic bag to soak will work - just make sure the liquid covers the stencil and it lays flat. After, lightly scrub as described above.
- Once the paint is removed, blot the stencil dry, and let it air dry completely.
Note: Spray adhesive is difficult to remove from a stencil. If your stencil is still tacky after cleaning, use wax or freezer paper as a backing when your store it.
Oil Based Paint
- For cleaning, vegetable oil from the supermarket is the safest way to breakdown oil-based paint.
- Blot the excess paint from your stencil with a rag or paper towel.
- Pour a little oil onto the stencil and work the oil into the paint with your fingers. You might need to do an overnight soak as described above.
- Blot and repeat until there is no more paint.
- Finish the clean-up by washing with Simple Green or soap and water.
- Always store stencils flat. Our favorite method is to use a clothing hanger that has clips. Hang in a closet, behind a door, or display them on a wall.
- You can also store stencils under the bed in a portfolio folder or plastic storage bin.
Our giclee prints are printed in the US on beautiful 308 gsm, museum-grade 100% cotton rag paper using fully archival pigment inks. They should be treasured and cared for in the same way as an original piece of art.
Storage | All prints should be stored flat and, if possible, in the same cardboard they are shipped in. Prints that are shipped rolled should be flattened once received. You can do this by unrolling the print and placing the protective tissue, then kraft paper, on top of the printed surface. With the printed surface protected, store the print flat under weight - stacked books work well. Changes in humidity can cause any paper to curl. To avoid this, make sure you are storing prints in humidity levels ranging from 50-60%.
Handling | Do not touch the printed surface with your hands/fingers. Avoid scuffing the print surface. Never fold the print. Do not allow the print to get wet. In short, do not let foreign materials come in contact with the printed surface or paper.
Matting | Prior to framing, be sure to have your print matted with archival-quality materials. Matting is important for giclee prints as it prevents the glass or acrylic cover from coming into direct contact with the inks on the surface of the paper.
Framing | Your print should be framed behind glass or acrylic to protect it from dust.
Sunlight | Keep all artwork out of direct sunlight. The UV radiation from the sun will, over time, cause the colors to fade. Glass or acrylic that has a UV protection provides an added benefit.