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Notions: Silkpaint Resist©

Silkpaint Water-Soluble Resist

Silkpaint Water-Soluble Resist

For over two decades, Silkpaint Corporation has explored adventurous techniques for painting dyes onto silk and other fabrics.

Their many years as practicing artists, and teaching workshops in schools and studios, has resulted in the creation of Silkpaint!® Resist.

Silkpaint Resist 4oz. - $9.95
  • Description
  • How to Use
  • Things You'll Need

Tulips - Silk fabric and Silkpaint ResistSilkpaint Resist you can:

  • Water-soluble, you remove it with cool water; no visits to the dry cleaners
  • You may paint instantly after applying; no waiting while the resist drys
  • It’s tintable with dyes to make colored resists
  • Tint it light to see while you work and wash out with the resist
  • Tint dark, and the color will remain while the resist washes out

Note: Although Silkpaint!® Resist may be used successfully with many dye products, always test with your particular dye brand for best results.


How to use:

Use as a Line Resist
Dilute Silkpaint!® Resist with water (adjust as desired), or dilute resist with a small amount of dye. Piece may be painted with acid based or "French" dyes, while Silkpaint!® brand resist is still wet. Allow dye to flow within design shapes to meet resist lines. Do not paint over resist lines.

Use as a Stop-Flow Medium
Dilute 1 part resist with 3 parts water and paint areas of silk with a wide brush. Allow to dry. With smaller brushes, paint liquid dyes on top of this 'stop-flow' surface layering colors if desired.

For Stamping
Dilute resist with dye and spread with a wide brush on vinyl or glass surface. Stamp "stamp" onto resist surface and then onto fabric.

Other Ideas
Paint "non-bleed" colors by mixing dyes with resist and applying with a stiff synthetic brush. Silk screen or stencil resist. "Sketch" with colored resist using applicator bottle. Draw open shapes with resist and allow dyes to flow in and out of shapes.

Finishing and Resist Removal
Steam, heat set, or fix dyes according to manufacturers instructions. Machine wash on delicate setting (soap optional), and iron while damp. Should the ironing bring back any remaining resist particle to the surface, gently re-wash your fabric.

Things you'll need:

  • Butterflies-  Silk fabric and Silkpaint ResistSilk, cotton or blended fabric (for design tracing purposes, sheer fabrics are preferred)

  • A light box, light table or similar for tracing designed onto your chosen fabric

  • Stretcher frame

  • Washout marker, light pencil or similar for tracing your design onto fabric (optional, you may decided it's better to use the resist to trace directly onto your fabric)

  • Dyes suitable for your chosen fabric

  • Brushes, eye-droppers, dye-marker pens, AirPen Pro, etc. for applying the dyes to your fabric
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