Following the resist experiment I posted about last week, I decided to try using dye-na-flow and Batik-EZ to create a shirt from a Jacquard Tutorial I found on line. I didn't follow the instructions to the letter, but did my best to use them as a guideline for my project. I may go back and add a little after studying the results, but here is what I have so far:
The instructions said to iron on freezer paper to the inside of the shirt, to avoid having the dye-na-flow bleed through. I tried this, but found the result to be very awkward to work with, so I removed the freezer paper and inserted foam board that I had covered in plastic, then used spring clamps and T-pins to anchor the fabric before I applied the Batik-EZ. I did one side of the shirt at a time, then allowed the Batik-EZ to dry before I moved to the next side. Once I had all the stenciling done, I applied the dyes. The tutorial from Jacquard said to do one color, then do some more stenciling, then apply another color. I ended up putting all 3 colors - yellow, green, and blue - on at one time. The front was the first side I applied paints to, and I wasn't quite sure how much water to apply before painting on the dyes... I got a lot of dry brush strokes before I added in some more water. After that, I brushed on sufficient water before the dye-na-flow to allow it to blend better. Live & Learn! The last thing I did was insert smaller pieces of covered foam board to the sides and sleeves in order to apply the dye-na-flow. I got some overlap, but I think it came out pretty good for a first try. What I do know is this is something I can't see doing for my shop... way too lengthy a process to make it cost effective. However, I do think I can add the stenciling to dyed shirts, and plan to try that next. Stay tuned for more adventures!