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Sublimation printing with disperse dyes...say that three times fast! - Veronica Roth
Hi everybody. I decided to do a little experimenting with art materials right now, and I ordered myself some disperse dyes from a dye expert manufacturer here in the UK. What these are are coloured powders which mix with water for a watercolour like consistency, or with water and a gum arabic type thickner for acrylic type consistency. Then you can paint a design on to paper and then transfer the design, using heat, onto fabric. The painted powders disperse into gas and resolidify onto the fabric. This is called sublimation. So here I am all geared up for toxicity (as per leaflet warning). To tell you the truth, I’m not sure this is any more toxic that my oil paints, but it is a complete unknown to me. And, as usual, I have very little idea of what I’m about to do. So let’s just get our fingers gloves dirty, shall we? Here are 5 of the colours mixed with a little water. The leaflet didn’t say how much water, but this looked pretty ok to me. The colour mix doesn’t look anything like the colour it represents, so that was fun. I kept mistaking the brown for green …