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Setting Gel Pen Ink on a Denim Jacket?

I have a jean jacket that I'm drawing on in gel pen. I wanted to know if there was any way for me to get the ink to set into the jacket so that I could wash it without smearing the ink.

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Only fabric ink will hold its color. There are fabric pens you can purchase. Gel ink will not last and will fade out when washed. Maybe you can try a fabric sealer. This puts a coating over your design for longer lasting. This piece would have to be on gentle or hand wash!

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Not sure it works with all gel pens. There are some you can set by ironing them. Take a piece of parchment paper, cover the design and gently press the fabric on a high heat for about 30 seconds.

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I would only hand wash, inside out after. It may still come out if it was a generic type gel pens. This technique works for fabric specific gels.

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Gel markers will look great until you need to wash the jacket. In some cases, they will start to fade after extended wear of the jacket. You are better off to buy a set of fabric markers to use if you want to decorate your demin jacket. I would suggest that you buy Craft 4 All Fabric Markers. These work great and the yon't run or fade. This way you can wash the jacket. Another idea to use is gel fingernail polish for your project. This one works well and you can wash the jacket.

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Gel is not easy to set like permanent marker. You could try the hot iron press method but I still think it would bleed when you washed it. Try using fabric pens.

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