Upcycled Jacked with InkoDye

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Inkodye is no more, but SolarFast is here to save the day! This tutorial works even better using SolarFast than it did with Inkodye! Batik is a traditional technique that uses Resist to prevent dye from reaching the fabric. You can use this method to create detailed patterns on textiles, wood and unglazed ceramics. With specially formulated Inkodye you get to use the power of the sun to develop the full vibrance of your colors and make them permanent, no other steaming or fixing is required!

Decide how to apply the resist. We used fine line applicators, also try brushes, stencils and sponges.

Ways to apply

Choose your design. We printed out an illustration to use as an underlay, if you're brave try freehand!

Choose your design

Flatten your work surface. We used a mild spray adhesive, you can also use stretcher frames.

Flatten your surface

Apply Resist. Try not to smudge your work as you go! Fine lines dry to the touch in minutes.

Apply Resist

Finishing touches. Check your work for gaps, dye will bleed through gaps in lines. Sign your work!

Finishing Touches

Apply Inkodye. We started with our largest area first so that we could focus on detail later.

Apply Inkodye

Go out into the sun! Develop the full color by taking your piece into the sun, lie flat for even results.

Out to the sun

Watch the color develop. Full color will develop in 5-8 minutes in direct sunlight, longer in cloudy weather.

Watch color develop

Details. Using a brush paint within your lines much like coloring in a coloring book. 

Fine details

Develop your final colors. Take into the sun to develop the details, let it achieve its full vibrancy.

Develop fine details

Wash out resist. Dissolve resist in warm water with mild soap. Thick lines will take longer to dissolve.

Wash out Resist

Take a look at your work! Where the resist was is now clean white lines to border the dye.

Look at your work

Dry your artwork. We dried ours in the sun, but any method will do just fine.

Dry your work

Enjoy your piece. We were able to wear our scarf less than an hour after finishing.

Enjoy your work

Share your artwork. Don't let it sit at home, show your friends or wear your piece out and about!

Share your work

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