02 November 2011

Wood Block Printing - The Mixing (part 4)

ps: this method works only for printing with dark colours on a lighter shade of fabric.
This final post gives you the process of mixing your colours. A simple process though a little messy...:)
You can read the entire process in these posts:
Part 1 - an introduction,
Part 2 -  list of supplies,
Part 3 - the actual process.

Happy Printing!!!!!!

Supplies required:
- For every  1 kg (kilogram) or 24 tbsp of binder you need -
- 3-4 tbsp fixer,
- dye quantity as needed ( about 1 tsp for a smallish project)
- a plastic box with an air-tight lid so you can mix your colours in and later on, store any leftovers for a fortnight or so (the boxes you get your take-away foods in work well for this purpose)
- a discard spoon to mix everything up,
- a discard steel/ plastic/ glass plate,
- a thin piece of 2-3mm foam - on an average it should be big enough to cover the plate - if it is a large plate, then a piece that is three-four times the size of the block.

For the project here I used about 6 tbsp binder for which I used just about 1/2 a tsp of fixer and less than 1/2 a tsp of the dye.
This was a regular sized (1.75 m x 0.80 m) cotton stole/dupatta that I had been using plain. Decided to print it for some change. 

So measure out your binder, add the fixer and mix well. 
Add 4-5 drops of the dye and mix it up well so no white streaks are visible. 
Check the intensity of  colour on a scrap of cloth and add more dye if not happy with the shade.
Put the lid on and let the mix sit for 15 minutes.
You are done now. Use as required.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks a lot or this tutorial . Ive been searching all over for resouces yours was the most detailed and precise.. I have a doubt some of the vieos online show a thinner paint mixture... is that a different kind of mixing?
    Thank you again


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