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Topic: Batik- sodium alginate?  (Read 1131 times)
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« on: May 18, 2010 09:10:33 AM »

Ok, so I have some experience with batik, but I have always done vat dyeing, I've never hand-painted anything.  I have a design in mind that requires hand-painting.  So my question is- is it really necessary to use sodium alginate to thicken the dye?  Most of the areas I'm doing have a single color within the wax border, so that seems like it shouldn't be a problem, but there is one spot where I want it to be yellow fading into orange.  If I don't thicken the ye, will the colors bleed too much?

TIA for your help! 
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010 01:30:10 PM »

If you stretch your fabric onto a frame, keep it hrizontal and not use too much water/dye on your brush, there is no need for a thickener. Just  a lot of patience. Good luck!

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