Airbrush on Silk..help
  • Tried to use Jacquard dyes with my airbrush on silk, very runny even with the 'no-flow' treatment. Now i am about to try Jacquard Textile color paint. Is this thick enough not to run? I am stenciling an image on to the silk. What should i treat the silk with so the stencil comes out sharp? Will 'no-flow' do the job? Also, the airbrush should be angled 90 degrees from the canvas, but how should i angle the canvas im painting on? perpendicular to the ground? When using the dyes, I found that my airbrush drips when pointed toward the ground. How do i set the paint into the silk so i can use dyes later?
  • Hi,

    Did you apply the No Flow and leave it to dry completely on the silk before airbrushing the dyes and did you add any No-Flow to the dye to slightly thicken it? This should prevent bleeding.

    Textile Color needs to be diluted before being used through an airbrush at least 20% with water. trouble with this is it also dilutes the color a little making lighter shades. After dilution it shouldn't bleed that much on the silk. Try and use heavier silk fabrics to allow for better absorption of the color and to help prevent bleeding. FYI: We actually have a color that is specifically designed for airbrushing on to multi surfaces including fabric. It's imaginatively called Jacquard Airbrush Color or you could try our Dye-Na-Flow, which is an acrylic that is also great for airbrushing straight from the jar. Call 1800 442 0455 to find a supplier close to you.

    Stretch the fabric and lay it at a slight incline similarly to a drafting board it will be easier to angle the brush to aviod drips. Or have the canvas upright in front of you and coat it with No-flow, thicken the dye with some No-Flow and limit the amount of dye that you apply tothe fabric at one time to help aviod drips.

    You didn't state which dyes you are using so as long as you used one of these Green, Red Label, MX or Acid Dyes and not an acrylic here are the setting instructions for them.

    Steaming

    Steaming requires more time, but the color yield is very intense. There are commercial steamers available or smaller pieces can be steamed at home with the following method. You will need a large pot with a rack that fits inside, white newsprint, masking tape, and aluminum foil.

    Roll the fabric in newsprint, making sure there is a layer of paper between each roll of fabric. The paper should extend a few inches beyond the fabric on either end of the roll.
    When all the fabric has been rolled, wrap newsprint around the bundle a few extra times. Secure the roll by taping length of roll. Coil gently to a size that will fit into the pot. Tape securely.
    Place rack into the pot. Pour water to a level that is well below the bottom of the rack. Make sure top of rack is dry and place bundle on the rack.
    Shape a piece of aluminum foil into a dome and place it over the bundle for protection. This will keep condensation from dripping on the silk. Make sure neither the packet nor the foil touches the sides of the pot.
    Cover the pot with the lid. Place the pot on the stove and bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat but keep it high enough to produce steam. Steam the packet for 1 hour. Allow packet to cool. Unwrap the silk and rinse in cool water to remove excess dye. Lay flat to dry and you're done.

    Celia