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If I mix the screen printing pigments with water, can I use them to paint on fabric by hand?

I’d like to paint on T-shirts and sweatshirts by hand, and I’d like to create a paint colour from pigments. How should I do this? Do I need to treat the sweatshirt with any products in order to make sure it’s ready to take the ink I’ve made?

In general, water pigments alone don’t contain any ingredients that facilitate adhesion to the fabric you’re printing on.

These substances are, however, contained in the resins, which form the “base” for the ink.
In your case, which involves applying a very fluid ink using a brush, I suggest you try the following combination:

Texprint Base Extrasoft for light coloured materials :
this is a particularly fluid base, very little water needs to be added in order to make it brushable.

To colour it you can use Texprint concentrated colouring at a 5-6% dilution rate 

After applying the Texprint Base Extrasoft, it needs to be heated at 160°C to make it wash resistant.

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