Lace Lampshade with InkoDye

Inkodye is no more, but SolarFast is here to save the day! This tutorial works even better using SolarFast than it did with Inkodye! This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It's like magic! The lamp we used was found at Ikea for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly.

Total tutorial time: 20 minutes 

Shopping list:

  • Inkodye - Red Orange was used in this project
  • A Cotton or Linen Lampshade
  • Foam Brushes
  • Piece of Lace
  • Pushpins

Let's get started!

Used in this project:

Red Orange

Materials. All we used for this project was a cheap lampshade, some lace, a sponge brush, a few push pins, and of course Inkodye!

What you'll need

Prep. To extend and lighten the dye add water. This step is optional, but it allows your bottle of Inkodye to last even longer!

Dilute a bit

Mix. Stir the dye and water mixture to ensure even coloring.  

Stir, stir, stir

Paint. Coat the lampshade with the Inkodye mixture, making sure to cover the canvas completely. 

Do an even coat

Pin. Next, use simple push pins to secure the lace. We pinned along the seam of the lampshade in order to keep the front flawless.

FRA-GI-LE. It must be Italian!

Snip. Cut off the extra fabric so that the print is undisturbed. Then, align and pin the bottom.

Trim and pin

Develop. Watch the colors deepen and develop in the sun! We left the lamp out for about 5 minutes, rotated it, and left it out for 5 more.

Out to the sun with you!

Unravel. Remove the lace from the lampshade to exposed the beautiful printed pattern. This is our favorite part!

Bring back indoors to remove the lace

Scrub. Wash with soap and water to remove excess Inkodye. Don't be afraid to scrub hard; Inkodye is very permanent! Let dry.

Gentle soap and water wash

Illuminate. Now you can display your newest piece of art anywhere around the house. Voila !

It's a major award!

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