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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bubble printing on fabric - How to

So yesterday I showed you how-not-to print with bubbles on fabric. Knowing that you get nice crisp prints of bubbles on paper, I realized I had to change my dye to disperse dyes (for ironing on polyester afterwards!).

I started with the same 1/4 soap 3/4 water solution but it turned out too messy (see the red one on the left).


Later on, I just mixed 10 ml. of liquid soap with 1 ml. of disperse dyes, in my bubble cup with cover, and that worked really well, see right and a few of my other results:

The more dye I used, the better they got, look at theses final ones:

Please take care to keep your cup a few cm's above the paper. The foambubbles flow from the hole in the cup and just drop on your paper . You stop blowing as soon as you think there are enough bubbles and take the cup away from the paper.
Let the papers dry a couple of hours. Tomorrow, I'll show you the results on fabrics....


  1. Oh WOW.
    I have some mixed disperse dyes. waiting with anticipation for the results of yours!
    Sandy in the UK

  2. Het resultaat op papier is prachtig. Ben erg benieuwd hoe het lukt op stof.

  3. I sent the address of this post to a friend yesterday ... but am totally going to try this myself ! ... especially as I view your last set of photos ! I'm on the look-out for rocks on fabric ... will let you know how successful, lor not, I was. But I am going to try with acrylic pain.

  4. This is indeed a great idea, I must try it out when I next have a moment!Thanks for the post :)

  5. Die laatste foto is prachtig

  6. this is great- I always wanted to try this and I think it would work cool on a tshirt too - would you like to link this post to my Off the Wall Fridays to share it with the group?? Its a link party on my blog - where we all share what we are doing creatively!

  7. Hmmm, some No-Flo primer (or other anti-spread substance) on the fabric then dye. I'm thinking steamset Jacquard red label. I already have a Dharma order in transit, darn.
    I do still have some more hankies on hand to play with.


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