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.
Supplies needed to create an indigo resist;
-heavy yupo paper or
cardstock + plastic packing tape
-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.
Start with sketching out your design on the cardstock or yupo.
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.
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.)
Place you design onto the fabric where you want the resist to be.
Now add 1/4 water to 3/4 glue to your bowl and mix well.
This is the resist medium.
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.
Dip your fabric into water until fully soaked, next dip into indigo and pull out.
Hang your fabric to oxygenate.
Wash as you would normal indigo in a machine on hot.
Admire your indigo resist!
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