Dispersal dyes & a tidy studio

Above: some samples with dispersal dyes on poly satin. Before I teach or demonstrate I always like to re-visit the technique, while at the same time, test my dyes are still OK. I really like these quick pieces and will develop them further – maybe a large piece coming up!

I had to take some pics of my studio now I’ve spent most of the week tidying and re-organizing it – it won’t stay like this for long!
I guess I should have taken some before pics but I wouldn’t have been game to post them here. It makes me really want to get working – all that space.

Apologies, I forgot to answer some questions from a previous post on Breakdown printing. A couple of books I would recommend on the subject: Breakdown Printing by ClaireBenn & Lesley Morgan, Committed to Cloth and Rayna Gillman’s book: Create your own hand printed cloth.

This process uses thickened Procion dye which has dried on the silkscreen. There are various ways to apply the dye – one is to print over something textured like bubble wrap. The dye dries on the screen, retaining the texture or pattern. When clear thickener or a contrasting colour is printed through the textured screen, the dried dye gradually breaks down, giving wonderful organic patterning. You can keep printing until most of the dried dye is gone – any that remains can be easily washed out. Don’t try this with textile paints – if they dry in the silkscreen they are permanent!

Thanks everyone who comments – I love to receive them and do try to reply or leave a comment on your blog but sometimes when I get busy I may forget.

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  1. I’ve never tried disperse dyes.The pieces look lovely.
    Wow..what a tidy studio. I am going to post my “messy” space…I’m in the middle of umpteen projects.Don’t you just love to get into work when your space is clean, organised, and ready for action!Have fun!!

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