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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A new twist

I saw this on a YouTube video. It's in another language but you don't need to understand the language to understand the actions.

This is what I did with what I saw on the video. More info at the end of this post.

I put these two face to face (dye side in) and sprayed both sides with soda ash water

I threw them in a plastic bag and the next morning popped it in my Dye Only microwave for 30 seconds. The next day I did the ones below.

Covered each with plastic after spraying with soda ash water.

Now batching with Rice Bags and covered with a towel.

The video showed applying dye with a credit card. The fabric was untreated so I sprayed the back of the fabric with soda ash water then put the first two pieces face to face in a plastic bag and microwaved for a few minutes. The other pieces were wrapped in plastic and batched for a few hours with warm rice bags on them. The edges of the images were not blurred probably because the soda ash was sprayed on the back of the fabric.

The point of the video was to show "applying" color via thickened dye to the designs done in the monoprint. In the video they applied thickened dye to previously printed fabric.


  1. How is this related to the deconstructed screen printing shown in the video?
    You are putting two printed pieces face to face and "steaming" them in the microwave? Are they bleeding onto each other? Did the soda water spray soften the design edges? I need words too not just photos. :) Please?

  2. love the 4 coloured ovals piece.

  3. Ah, thank you adding for the clarifications on the tail end of the blog. Warm rice bags - great idea, too.


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