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PROCION 'H' DYES


Procion 'H' Dye is a steam set fibre reactive class dye produced by G&S Dye in a convienent concentrated liquid form. This amazing line of dye is ideal for silk fabrics. A wide range of 97 colours allow children hobbyists, or professional artists to produce multiple visual effects. An ideal alternative to traditional French Dyes, because of its safety and non-toxcity. Other properties that endear it with its user is its wash and light fastness. Over 20 years on the market, artists still surprise us with the multitude of effects they achieve while silk painting, batiking microwaving, screen printing, warp painting and batch dyeing. Dyes currently have a shelf life of 1-2 years.

Procion H Colour Charts

Click to see Chart (PDF 550K size)

 

 Benefits

  • 97 vibrant colours
  • waterbased
  • intermixable
  • very lightfast
  • washfast
  • ready to use, no mixing
  • non-toxic

 ALL COLOURS

 60 mL  $5.00
 120 mL  $8.00
 250 mL  $13.50
 Litre  $35.00
   

 

Silk Painting Kit

 STARTER KIT  Each $32.00
 - 7 X 60 mL bottles of colour  - 30 mL Resist With Applicator Bottle and tip
P100-Yellow, P500-Turquoise, P990-Black  - Pair Of Latex Gloves
P200-Scarlet, P540-Royal Blue
  - Basic Instructions
P400-Fucshia, P740-Soft Brown
 - 60 mL T.N.A. Soap (formerly Lissapol)

 

Sodium Alginate Thickener
Neutral thickening agent developed from seaweed and used for batik or other direct applications.

 85 gm  $5.00
 200 gm  $10.00
 500 gm $20.00
 1.0 Kg  $34.00


Accessories
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Special hand Cleaner (ReDeRan): The easiest way to remove dyes and pigments from skin
100mL Tube $8.95

- See our Silk Painting books

Safety

Although quite safe, close off all containers when finished and keep out of reach from children and pets. It is not a danger if the product gets in contact with skin but it is recommended to wear gloves to avoid contact. Refer to MSDS (available upon request) if ingestion or reaction occurs. Contact a doctor or local poison control centre in an emergency.

TECHNIQUES

Silk Painting

Over the last 10 years, silk painting has progressed from a simple craft to a major art medium. Over 90% use Procion 'H' Dye for silk painting. Resist/gutta, waxing, watermarking, antifussant, salting, alcohol, watercolour, overdyeing, there is no end to the techniques possible.
A great place to start is one of our beginner silk painting classes . Full instruction are also found in a wide range of books


 

Microwave Scarf Dyeing

STEP 1: PREP WORK

A) Decide on a pattern. There is no right or wrong design, have fun and be creative. You can use one of the following designs as a starting point.

METHOD 1 - Free Form Webbed Design

Take scarf out of the package and open up the scarf. That's it!


METHOD 2 - Chevron

Hold the ends or opposite corners of scarf and twist each end in the opposite direction until it is completely coiled.


METHOD 3 - Snake Skin

Lay a length of cotton sisal/thick rope over one end of a dry scarf and roll up the scarf around the rope. Scrunch the silk from each end towards the center.


METHOD 4 - Fan Design (for long scarves)

Fold scarf in half. From one end, fold the scarf back and forth one inch at a time down the scarf. Using natural cord or string, tie the ends of the scarf so it doesn't unravel. You can tie more knots along the width of the scarf.


METHOD 5 - Striped Pattern

The striped pattern comes from the actual painting. To prep for the painting, keep folding the scarf in half until you have an area approximately 8"x 8".


B) Place tied scarf (untied if doing free form) into a 2:1 water to vinegar solution.

C) Squeeze, DO NOT WRING, excess liquid (scarf should still be very wet).

D) Place wet scarf into Pyrex dish.


STEP 2: PAINTING THE SCARF

A) Colour is everything. Choose colors that will go with what you wear. The colors all mix with each other on the scarf so try not to use too many colors.
For full dye penetration flop the silk over and paint the reverse in the same manner.

METHOD 1 - Free From Webbed Design

Unfold the scarf and arrange by bunching into "valleys and peaks". Use a brush or dropper to apply the dye by touching the tip to the silk at random until scarf is well covered with dye.


METHOD 2 - 4

Leave the folded or tied scarf flat in the dish. Use a brush to apply the dyes to cover all white areas.


METHOD 5 - Striped Pattern

Fully load your brush with dye and paint two or three colors side by side in stripes (parallel or diagonal) along the silk.

B) Place Saran wrap over the dish containing the painted scarf and completely seal. Make a small venting hole!

C) Microwave on high setting for 21/2 to 3 minutes depending on the power of the microwave. (ie. 600W is 2 1/2 minutes).

D) Rinse the scarf in lots of cool running water till clear.

E) Go to 'Step One' if you wish to add more colour or change the design.

F) Wash in luke warm water and mild liquid detergent.

G) Place in an old towel to blot moisture and press dry with a medium hot iron.

Screen Printing

A little more involved than the other techniques, screening allows one to produce sharp and unique designs quickly and repetitively. To prepare the dye for screen printing mix five tablespoons of sodium alginate with one litre of hot water. Allow to stand for 24 hours. Sodium alginate comes in powder form and produces a thick non-reactive solution when mixed with water. Scoop out desired amounts of alginat and mix with Procion 'H' Dye till desired consistency. Screen as usual and set by steaming.


Batiking

A multitude of effects are possible when using wax (bees, paraffin, candle and wax paper). A little more involved than just straight painting . Waxing adds another dimension to one's work. For more information please ask or check out "Introduction to Batk" by Heather Griffin & Margaret Hone..for other books