30. Jun, 2019

Stage 1 Natural Thickened Dye Thermofax print

Here is the background print using natural cochineal extract thickened with guar gum. I found I had to use warm water to clean the thermofax screen which I was a bit nervous about in case it delaminated the screen but it was OK. So now to lay out leaves and steam in a bundle. The natural dyes need steaming to set them so I am not going to try fixing the dyes before I steam with the leaves. If it doesn't work I will have learnt something. I tried something similar using procion dyes a long way back and didn't heat set the dyes before I steamed the bundle and the background almost disappeared so we will see if eco dyes fix with just the steaming with the bundle or if I need to steam set them prior to using the leaves.