|This shows several choices for mixing the dyes: 2 different palettes and some small containers with red lids.|
Print paste - mixed (I use the ProPrint Paste SH formulation from Pro-Chem)
Palette/small containers for mixed dyes
Brushes: Synthetic nylon (white shows the colors better than tan) in various sizes (1" and 1/4" flat; #1, #4, #6, #8 round; angle)
Outline drawing enlarged to desired size
Waterproof substrate on which to stretch treated fabric for painting
I use a sheet of foam core with a sheet of plastic stretched over it and taped on the back. Make sure to have NO wrinkles on the stretched surface, as these will be translated into your painting.
White or clear plastic bag (garbage bag or shopping bags are good) cut into small 3-5" pieces.
Colored pencils in colors of the major elements of your design
A sheet of clear plastic without folds or texture that is slightly larger than your fabric
Container for water for rinsing brushes
|Use a Sharpie to make the outline thick and dark.|
2. THE FABRIC: 100% cotton PFD pretreated with soda ash solution and allowed to dry completely. This will be the 'canvas' for your painting. Lay this flat to dry and stretch and pat to remove as many wrinkles as possible. The dry fabric can be ironed, but care must be taken when doing so to not use too high a heat. A wrinkle-free surface is much more enjoyable to paint.
3. PRINT PASTE is the medium in which the dye powders will be dissolved. The consistency should be a bit thinner than honey. Too thick and it will not spread well; too thin and it will be difficult to control the brush load of dye. Mix until all powder is absorbed, then allow to thicken for about 30 minutes before use.
Maintain a wet edge when painting larger areas. This will allow the dyes to flow without making a hard edge or line. Paint large areas in one sitting to avoid these hard edges.
|The bud and green stem at the bottom were painted using thinner print paste, and they diffused more into the fabric. This might be a look to exploit, but it is difficult to control.|