Prints to dye for

Explaining the difference between dye and pigment is sometimes hard. While one of the major differences is that one is soluble in water (dye) and other isn’t. This pretty much means that the dye can be transported to the interior of the fibers (paper, textile, etc) and bond there, while the pigment won’t go further than the surface.

What does this mean in the real non-chemistry world?

That with dyes you can get a transparency of color and a smoothness of the surface that you can’t with pigments. And if you been painting fabric or screen printing using pigment based ink you know what I’m talking about.


Screenprinting with dyes via CITINGS blog


When using a printing paste based on dyes for screen printing you can play with layers easily, without compromising the smoothness and flexibility of the fabric. Also, you’ll never have to worry about your design “rubbing” off.


Fabric screen printed with dyes, via Constance Rose Designs


We have a class on Screen Printing with Dyes coming up in October, with the wonderful Katy Fisher (previously featured here). In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment and learn about different dyes, additives and thickeners, while creating your own work.


Fabric screen printed with natural dyes (conchineal and madder), via Lilstreet Textiles

Printing 102: Printing with Dyes (rather than inks):


code: BK-SPPD-Sa-1011 / $200.00

4 Session(s)
Sat  11:00AM – 2:00PM,  October 1 – October 29
No class 10/8


A must must must for all you screen printers out there!

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