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Moon Magic indigo resist
Moon Magic indigo resist

Making an indigo resist.

Creating a natural indigo resist.

I am deeply enamored with anything indigo.

The process is too beautiful for words and it bring tears of joy and reverence for this incredible plant magic every time I dye in indigo.

This is  my method for an easy and washable resist.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Supplies needed to create an indigo resist;

-heavy yupo paper or

cardstock + plastic packing tape

-elmers glue

-pencil or pen for sketching

-natural fabric to create resist, this needs to be light in color if not white. Also no synthetics.

-razor blade for cutting out design

-cheap paint brush, about and inch wide.

-bowl

-water

-indigo vat

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Start with sketching out your design on the cardstock or yupo.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Once you have it, if you’re using card stock, tape the whole paper up on both sides like a laminate. If you are using Yupo you can skip this step as yupo is already water repellent.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Next cut out your design with the razor.

Now lay out your fabric on a flat solid table you don’t mind scrubbing glue off. Or lay down freezer paper for easy clean up. (if you are making a shirt resist or something with two sides, place something glue reisitant like freezer paper between the two sides, otherwise the resist will soak to the back side of the shirt as well.)

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Place you design onto the fabric where you want the resist to be.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Now add 1/4 water to 3/4 glue to your bowl and mix well.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

This is the resist medium.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Use your paint brush to apply glue resist, painting inward strokes so the glue doesn’t bleed under your design.

Make sure the glue soaks through to the backside of the fabric.

When finished, pull off resist stencil and hang your fabric to dry.

After the resist is fully dried, it’s time to dip dye.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Dip your fabric into water until fully soaked, next dip into indigo and pull out.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Hang your fabric to oxygenate.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Wash as you would normal indigo in a machine on hot.

Dry normal.

indigo resist
indigo resist

Admire your indigo resist!

Let me know how this went for you in the comments below!

Do you have any tips, things you’d do different?

I’d love to see your work!

Email me photos at liz@moonmagic.co

Or tag me @moonmagic.co on Instagram!

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