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Sodium Alginate (sea weed) Can be Used as a Resist and Dye Thickner

sodium alginate as a water-based resist
by jeanne morrison

June 13, 2009 in 1 | Tags: 

in recent posts (the prior two i think) i experimented to find a cheap water-based resist for silk painting. you can get little tubes or bottles of proprietary resist from the dye houses, but they’re way fucking expensive, and i’ll be damned if i’m going to be held hostage to somebody’s formula. grrr.

so i thought about it, and looked it up, and found recipes for rice starch paste and other things that i didn’t like the look of. and i cast my eye on my little unused bag of sodium alginate. i had it because all the books said to have it. to thicken the dye. but in silk painting you want watery dyes. thick dyes are for like painting dye directly on cotton fabrics. for silk you use a resist line.

of course, this is mere tradition. you can use what you like on what you like. that’s art. the question is rather of the integrity of your materials. how long will your work last is more important than what brand of paint you used.      read more…

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Himalayan Salt is Huge!

Since we have been talking about salt on SPIN page of facebook….I wanted to share something one of the students on the Online Silk Painting Class .  Edith Jessica Cole tried Himalayan Salt wow this is huge and I have never seen anything like this. I am always amazed and learning. Love the sharing. I have not tried this salt myself yet but thought you might enjoy seeing it.

How to Mix an Exact Color like “Seafoam”

This is an interesting conversation from the SPIN page on facebook.  SPIN  stands for Silk Painters International. Lynn was asking how to mix an exact color called  “Seafoam”.
Well any color can be mixed exactly but the names different companies give colors can sure vary. So first we need to see what color we want.  Continue reading How to Mix an Exact Color like “Seafoam”