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Chastity Wilson
Chastity Wilson • 3 years ago

WHAT YOU’LL NEED The Photo Fabric Dye Kit A foam brush Black & white film negatives Cotton T-shirt or natural material to print on A large board or flattened cardboard box Optional: the glass from a picture frame Optional: dish or plate to mix dye on STEP 1: MIXING COLORS Mixing new colors is really easy. Just pour two colors into a little dish, then stir until they’re well-blended. A few ideas: Red + Orange = Scarlet Blue + Red = Purple Orange + a little Blue = Brown Blue + a little Orange = Navy Blue STEP 2: PAINTING THE DYE ON Use a foam brush to paint the dye evenly onto your material (you can use cotton, linen, or any natural material). Slip something underneath to keep the dye from getting everywhere, like a sheet of wax paper or a spare magazine. For your first exposure, paint an area just big enough for your negative. Later on, when you see what exposures or images work best, try painting all of a small object like a coin purse or handkerchief. STEP 3: EXPOSURE! Put your project on a board or flattened cardboard box: something big enough to hold it flat. Arrange your negative on top of the dye area. Keep it in a plastic sleeve to keep it clean, or put a layer of Saran Wrap between the negative and the wet dye. You can put the glass from a picture frame on top to keep the negative flat in place. This will keep the image sharp–if the negative curls you’ll get soft focus in places. Take the project out into the sunlight and let it sit while the dye develops. It should be about 8 minutes in bright sun, 16 minutes on cloudy days. STEP 4: TIME TO WASH Once the exposure’s done, bring the project inside and wash it in hot water. Use the strongest detergent you have and scrub the fabric really hard. You need to get all the unexposed dye out or it will continue to darken. That’s it! Just let your project dry, and it’s done! HOW TO MAKE PHOTOGRAMS Photo fabric dye is great for photograms. Photograms are silhouette images made by putting objects on top of light-sensitive material.* You can make silhouettes by printing photos on heavy paper and cutting out the shape with an x-acto knife. We like using pictures of animals for this sort of thing, or you could try taking profile shots of your friends, just like old-fashioned silhouette portraits! *That’s how Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, made her images. EXPOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAMS Place your paper cutouts on top of the wet dye area and place glass on top to keep the paper flat. Expose the dye the same way as above. You can also use interestingly shaped objects like plants, feathers, or even lace. Play around, and let us know what you come up with! HOW TO MAKE HUMONGOUS NEGATIVES 4×5 or medium-format negatives work great for this project because they’re so big, but if you don’t have those you can make your own. You can either print on inkjet-compatible transparency sheets or take the file to Kinko’s to have it printed. Just choose a black-and-white digital image, bump up the contrast like crazy, invert the image to make it a negative and size the document to the dimensions you want for your project.

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