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Thursday, July 12, 2012

More printing with Inkodye

Seriously, this stuff is addictive.  I've already run out of the blue color and have to order more.  Here's my latest efforts...3 baby outfits...onesies and diaper covers to match.

Here are the pattern pieces for the diaper cover by MADE with
my contact paper "stencils" adhered.  I've learned that 
a double thickness of contact paper makes for a more 
opaque stencil and thus light tight 
after "developing" in the sun...the fabric turns
a fantastic shade of orange (in just 8 minutes)
Here's the completed outfit...the shirt 
was just one stencil with a few quick
brushstrokes of Inkodye around it before 
heading out to the sun.  The fabric stays
soft, the image really becomes part of the 
material...soooo cool

I couldn't stop at just one outfit...had to make 
some for Kale's friends
And...here's my model

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Printing Fabric Using Inkodye

Well, once again it's been forever since I've posted.  It's not like I haven't been doing things...but I always forget to "document" my projects with photos...and then the finished product is given away before I can share.  This new thing is SOOOOO fun, I just had to let you in on it.  I saw a post on How About Orange, a cute and clever blog, and knew I had to try it.  So fun.  As a lifelong silkscreener, the printed image has always held a certain fascination for me.  This is along the same lines, but the image actually becomes part of the fabric rather than "sitting on top of it".  It uses the sun to "cure" the ink you've applied to the fabric while your stencil blocks the sun from developing where you want your design to remain undyed.  It is much like the sun prints we made as children using special paper and leaves as designs.  Instead of cardboard cutouts as stencils like the All About Orange post used, I cut out objects from contact paper with my Cricut, adhered them to fabric, painted on the reactive dye and watched the sun do it's magic.
Here's my fabric (with contact paper stencils adhered), 
the dye  ready to brush on in a darkened area.

Once in the sun, it begins to turn orange 
(there are also other colors one can use)
The longer it's out in the sun, the darker it gets
The brochure recommends 8 minutes for bright sunlight
Bring inside, remove stencils and wash in 
hot soapy water.
Finished fabric, ready for sewing

Zippered pouches...lined with Provencial fabric
The names on pouch #2 are the grandchildren of my girlfriend!

Here are a couple other projects I've started
Light blue linen dyed dark blue

and this will be a pillow...probably dark blue as well

To purchase this stuff...go to their website...
they ship super fast