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Printing on Fabric

  • The Speedy Carve block is made from smooth and flexible rubber. It cuts easily with lino cutter blades and does not crumble, making it ideal for creating detailed prints. The latex free rubber also stops the block from slipping around while it is being cut. The wavy lines on this Speedy Carve block were cut freehand using the Speedball No 37 Lino

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  • Transparent fabric paints are very effective when used to create sun prints. Here we demonstrate prints made using Jacquard Dye-na-flow and Deka Silk paints in the evening sunshine using leaves as the mask. Sun Prints using Fabric Paints Creating the Sun Print First make the fabric wet by spraying or brushing water across the surface and then appl

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  • The glorious sunshine has given me a chance to use the Fibrecrafts Cyanotype Blue Printing Kit which contains enough chemicals to make up to 1 litre of solution, a 1/2 metre each of silk and cotton fabric, and a step-by-step instruction leaflet. The chemical solution of the iron salts (ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide) is sensitiv

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  • Need something fun to do in the sun? Make the most of the bright sunshine to create detailed prints without a camera! Jacquard Solar Fast dyes are used to create photograms, continuous tone photographs, shadow prints, and ombrès on fabric and paper. They develop their colour and become permanent upon exposure to UV light, most easily sourced from

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  • Disperse dye can be used with various techniques and will readily colour synthetics such as polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, vilene, viscose, synthetic velvets and PVC. They can also be used to colour plastic buttons and fastenings. Their effect is less potent on polyester, due to the molecular structure, allowing only pastel through to medium

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  • The best way to paint fabric or apply Batik wax, is to suspend the fabric on a stretcher frame. The fine weave of the silk fabric makes it ideal for painting, and silk paints or dyes give vibrant results leaving the silk with a soft handle. Silk paints can also be used on cotton fabric, although the results are not as bright as on the light transmi

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  • The range of Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Inks and Speedball Permanent Acrylic Screen Printing Inks, plus screen printing mediums are all available to order from the Sceen Printing section of this website, along with the popular Diazo Photo Emulsion system. The Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Inks are for use on cotton, polyester, blends, line

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  • Painting silk fabric can be very exciting and satisfying. The silk paint colours flow easily and readily the moment the loaded brush makes contact with the silk. Silk fabrics such as Pongee and Habotai are smooth and finely woven and the surface diffuses colour evenly. Painted scarves are light and airy with a good smooth handle. The photograph

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  • Selectasine binders are well established and highly proven for screen printing on fabric, paper, cardboard, wood and other surfaces. The printing system is simple, economic and flexible in use. When combined with the Selectasine pigments, the Selectasine binders produce a soft finish with outstanding fastness. Although designed for screen printing,

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  • There are a range of printing inks which have been developed specifically for printing on silk screens, including the Selectasine Screen Printing System. It is also possible to use commercial dyes combined with a thickener, making the consistency similar to syrup. Silk Screen printing with Fibre Reactive Procion MX dyes Fibre Reactive Procion MX dy

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  • Screen printing is the traditional method of printing images onto fabric and paper. It is possible to duplicate an image many times using a simple stencil placed on the silk screen. An ink colour is poured onto the screen to one side of the stencil and then dragged across the stencil using a squeegee. The ink is pushed through the fine mesh of the

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  • Although Acid dyes are usually recommended for protein fibres, you can also use Procion MX fibre reactive dyes (here is the fibre reactive dye recipe for cellulose fibres). Even old dyes continue to work well on wool. Some of the colours will dye more true to type than others. In particular some blues produce unexpected results. These directions ar

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  • Procion MX Dyes, which are also known as Fibre Reactive dyes, can be used to dye vegetable fibres such as cotton, linen, and sisal. They can also be used to dye silk using a simple cold water process and wool using hot water and vinegar, although protein fibres are coloured better with the Acid dyes. As they are a 'cold water' dye they are suitable

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  • Procion MX dyes are suitable for printing on cotton, linen and viscose rayon. They have excellent colour fastness, provided they are set using soda ash. The results are less vibrant when used on silk fabric and we recommend you use Acid dyes, see our printing with Acid dyes page. Procion MX dyes are very reactive and the print paste must be used qu

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  • It is possible to achieve excellent levels of colour fastness when colouring the silk with Acid dyes, making the dyed silk fabric ideal for clothes, linings, and wall hangings. The silk scarf below was painted by Katherine Barney using the Dupont Steam-Fix Acid dyes. A similar technique can be used on fine wool and fabric. The silk fabric also reta

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  • These paper-backed Organza fabric sheets can be used for printing on inkjet printers and copiers. They can be used to build up layers of printed text and photographs giving interest and depth in cardmaking, scrapbooking, montage, patchwork and 3d embroidery. You can use images from scanned photographs, digital cameras, web pages, clip art, paint an

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  • When the print is dry, the screen inks will require fixing (fixing is also known as curing) before it can be washed or dry cleaned. This completes a chemical process that would have occurred naturally over a period of time, where the polymer molecules in the binder "cross-link" trapping the pigments in the fibres of the material. If adequate heat i

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  • A popular method of making stencils for screen printing is to use the Diazo Photo Emulsion. The screen is prepared with the photo emulsion and a negative printed on acetate is placed on the screen before it is exposed to a bright light source (find out more about Diazo Photo Emulsion). Here is a useful excerpt about emulsion exposure from Ruth Brow

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  • A screen is coated with photo sensitive emulsion and allowed to dry. The stencil is made by placing a "film positive" (i.e. your design printed onto a transparency, or hand drawn onto draftfilm/polydraw using plumtree opaque) on the treated screen, which is then exposed to UV light. Where the light is blocked, which will be your design, the emulsio

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  • Creating Cyanotypes The Cyanotype Chemicals Pack contains 100g Potassium Ferricyanide and 200g Ferric Ammonium Citrate. The chemical names sound alarming but are fairly common place. They have no significant adverse effects on us or the environment. The main iron salt, ferric ammonium citrate, is used as a food additive while the other, potassium f

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