Jacquardmod Jacquardmod
I got a question about whether it was a good idea to hand paint with Idye or not. The answer is that it will work, but it is not the best product for that use. Idye is really better when you heat it, so unless you want to constantly be adding hot water these 2 option below are for cotton or plant based fibers and silk or animal based fibers respectively. http://jacquardproducts.com/procion-mx.html Procion is best for cotton and linen or any other plant fiber including rayon. It can be used at room temp and will be much brighter than Idye. It is best to leave it overnight in plastic(batching) to get the best colors. You should pretreat the fabric with Soda ash just as if you were going to tie dye. Then you can paint wet on wet or allow the soda ash to dry in the fabric and then paint. http://jacquardproducts.com/silk-colors.html Our Green and red label silk colors are made for hand painting on silk and other animal fibers including wool. The green label silk colors are easiest because they can be set using the chemical dyeset concentrate. Red label colors must be steamed, but can also be used on cellulose fibers(cotton, hemp, bamboo etc). The results that professional silk painters get with these dyes are amazing. http://jacquardproducts.com/permanent-dyeset-concentrate.html There are 2 other products that can be used to great effect with hand painted dyes. Both prevent your painting from bleeding all over the fabric as you paint, so you can get sharp lines. http://jacquardproducts.com/no-flow.html No-flow prevents the dye from spreading while you paint. It is an anti-bleed product. You paint this on your fabric and the surface becomes a no-bleed zone wherever you have applied No-Flow http://jacquardproducts.com/sodium-alginate.html Sodium alginate can mixed into the dye itself. It is a thickener that you can use to make your dyes the consistency of acrylic paint. It gives great color, and unprecedented control with dyes on a surface. You can even screen print with the stuff by adding extra aliginate!
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Jacquardmod Jacquardmod
I want to add to this topic, we have recently added Basic Dyes to our offering of dyes.  

https://www.jacquardproducts.com/basic-dye

These dyes are really cool and are particularly suited to direct application, more than any of our other dyes.  The downside is that they are not as lightfast as our other dyes.  They should not be used on pieces that will be outdoors.  That doesn't mean you can't use them on scares and things like that, but they will not be as long lasting as the acid dyes or reactive dyes like the silk colors.

They are super easy to use though.  You can literally dissolve them in water with a little vinegar and paint them on, rinse and you are finished.  They have especially high affinity to Silk, nylon, wool, and other protein fibers as well as wood, paper, acetate and most of all acrylic.  Nothing works on acrylic like the basic dyes which are amazing and beautiful on acrylic which is incredibly hard to dye.  You can also dissolve the dye in alcohol and then it will stick to almost anything.  On acrylic their lightfastness is much better and comparable to acid dyes.  


It is versatile dye and they are the brightest colors we offer.  They are incredible and I hops some of you try them out.  
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