• I am trying a Batik Dyeing technique that I saw on the internet, called "pool" dying. Standard Batik wax was applied to make the pattern, and then the artist used std. immersion dyes and applied them by hand with brushes in the separated wax areas. Has anyone tried this? If so, did you use the normal dyes mixed in small quantities and apply with paint brushes? That's what it looked like the person I saw did...
  • Hi,
    I have tried this technique and it can be really successful. If you are using cotton presoak the fabric in soda ash and steam silk to set the colors if you can. the results will be much more permanent. Acid dyes are great on silk as a paint... her is a recipe for that.

    Acid Dyes for Silk Painting:
    Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of very hot water to one .5 oz. Acid Dye Powder. Stir until dissolved. This will yield a very concentrated dye solution. Most colors require further dilution. Note: every color has a different solubility. Some colors are difficult to dissolve such as 605 and 618, but most are easily dissolved. The final concentration of the dye solution for painting should be between 4 and 8%. Start by adding 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of water to the 8 ounces you already have, test the color and continue adding water until desired shade is achieved. Keep in mind that the color intensity really develops in the steam setting process. Most colors will remain stable in solution for a long period of time. However, some colors will fall out of solution upon cooling or from sitting for a matter of weeks. To restore them simply heat them on the stove. A small amount of alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) can be added to the dye solution as a wetting agent.

    Celia