A simple guide to batik. Step 1 Pin the fabric tightly to a frame using silk pins or drawing pins. Draw the design on lightly using a pencil. Step 2 Mix up a dye base using 1 litre warm water with 10 tbsp Urea and 1 tsp of Calgon. Mix 1/2 tsp Lemon Yellow Procion … Continue reading "Basic Batik"
A quick photographic guide to using Diazo Photo Emulsion (Speedball or Jacquard) with a simple home set up. Step 1) To start you need a grease-free, clean, dry screen. You can use Speedball Speedclean, Screen Cleaner or even washing up liquid. Wash and rinse your screen well and then leave to dry. To coat your screen … Continue reading "How to use Diazo Photo Emulsion"
A quick introductory guide to screen printing with a paper stencil. You can download a printable pdf. here! You will need: Screen Squeegee to fit Paper to cut your stencil – photocopy paper is good – layout paper is better Craft knife Water-based fabric ink such as Speedball A padded surface to print onto – a folded … Continue reading "Paper Stencil Screen Printing"
This new product landed on our shelves a couple of weeks ago and we are very impressed with the results. Printing on a dark colour is always difficult and opaque inks feel much stiffer on the finished article. Using Jacquard Screen Ink Discharge you can lighten pre-dyed fabrics at the same time as printing. This product was … Continue reading "Jacquard Screen Ink Discharge"
One plain white, cheap cotton T-shirt, made to look very Isabel Marant! Here was our inspiration: Take one plain white T-shirt and soak it in water. Scrunch the T-shirt up and tie into a bundle. Mix 1 teaspoon of Charcoal Procion MX Dye with 100mls of warm water. Mix 1 tablespoon of Soda Ash into … Continue reading ""
These black and white leggings were purchased in the sale at New Look but never worn. We mixed up three squirty bottles of dye putting 1 teaspoon of Soda Ash, 1 teaspoon of dye and 1 teaspoon of Urea in each along with 200ml of warm water. The dyes we used were Golden Yellow, Scarlet … Continue reading "Tie Dyeing 5 Ways – Random Dyed Leggings"