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« on: July 06, 2010 08:30:34 PM »

So i've been making some linocuts and my challenge is finding a ink that will print onto fabric and stay there after a washing. My block printing ink is watersoluable so it won't last a trip in the washing machine. i attempted a screen printing in that was made for fabric but i couldn't get a goood print. It was too thin to roll onto the lino. I was wondering if anyone has used fabric paints for this or has any other solution?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011 02:10:55 PM »

you can buy thickener for the paint, try dhramatrading.com

« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012 10:37:01 AM »

I'm struggling with this myself. Fabric is a world of wonder. I don't use a brayer though. I have found that you can make a stamp pad or use foam to apply the paint to the stamp. Dye-na-flow is very watery, but seemed to be less blobby for me than screen print ink. I can't get Lumerie to work at all with stamps. I have heard that Jacquard Textile Paint works, but I haven't tried it yet.

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013 02:32:42 AM »

I use screenprinting inks, they work well, I use a small amount on a piece of glass and work it with a roller until it gets that characteristic 'sticky' sound as you work the roller back and forth. This kind of ink works really well, I have messed up on some prints, tossed them into the washing machine without any ironing (You need to do this to make it washproof) and it still didn't wash out...after a few washings, so trust me, this stuff works. This is what I use.. http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/4340283-AA.shtml the colours are great and cover well

I have a few posts of fabric that I have printed with these inks over on the completed projects board, so you can see how they work.

Also I have a tub of black screen printing ink that the lid was cracked on for some time, some of the liquid evaporated as it is just a little thicker than the others, but it actually works even better, so if you dared you could leave the lid off the tub for a day or so and allow it to dry out a little..

I love personal swaps,  I print a lot of random fabric, usually with no purpose in mind.  let me know if you want any of it.

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