a thin and thick brush set aside for the colour yellow and
two for black
|| Clean all
brushes in lukewarm water as soon as you have finished painting.
Use a bar of soap or dish detergent by twirling them on the
soap or in a dish. Use water or alcohol for the final rinse.
|| Always write
the date on the bottles of dye; once they have their shelf
life, dispose of them carefully
|| To really
stretch silk tautly, wet first and them stretch it on the
frame. It will dry and become very tight.
|| If you want
a really deep, black colour and you are using steam fix dyes,
try steaming for longer than usual (Use a double layer of
tissue for extra protection).
|| When mixing
a colour, make sure you mix enough to complete your project.
At least take notes on the exact quantities you have mixed.
|| Always wear
a mask when mixing powdered dyes.
|| If you have
a lot old newspaper around the home, you can use them for
steaming after 60 days. The printing ink will be thoroughly
dry and the chance of ink transfer is greatly diminished.
|| To prolong
shelf life, always store dyes and resist in a cool dark place.
Water based resists can be stored in the refrigerator during
|| If you are
looking for small bottles to mix dyes, go to a camera centre
where they have many empty film containers.