People often ask me how I create my Hand painted Fabrics, so here is a brief explanation.
I use Fibre reactive dyes, because i love the bright clear colours, which i mix with a thickener to make my paints, these i paint directly onto the silk. These are permanently fixed with soda ash after two hours,then washed and ironed dry.
To etch the velvets i paint on Fibre etch then iron and wash out the pile, this gives a lovely 3D effect.
I also do traditional Batik , this is called a resist, where the design is painted in hot wax onto the silk with a special pen called a tanjting tool.The dye is then applied and the wax ironed out .
Recently i have been experimenting with printing over the top of the hand painted silk using stencils ,that I have cut myself ,with printing inks which are heat fixed.I like the dark colours against the bright dyes.