|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.
H Colour Charts
- very lightfast
- ready to use,
7 X 60 mL bottles of colour
30 mL Resist With Applicator Bottle and tip
Pair Of Latex Gloves
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.
- Special hand Cleaner (ReDeRan): The easiest way to remove
dyes and pigments from skin
100mL Tube $8.95
- See our Silk Painting books
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.
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
1: PREP WORK
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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