Place a T-shirt on a wooden board or movable flat surface so that it can be easily taken outside.
To prevent Inkodye from bleeding through to the back of your T-shirt insert a flat piece of cardboard inside. Mask out the area to avoid ink from spreading.
Use Inkodye straight out of the bottle or experiment by mixing colours. Paint an even coat to the entire space (don't over saturate).
Place your object onto the painted area.
Take the board with your T-shirt out into the sun and allow to expose. For even exposure, rotate the wood surface a few times to avoid shadows and soft lines.
After 10–12 minutes, take your T-shirt inside and remove objects.
Use Inkowash to wash off undeveloped Inkodye. Use a washing machine so the fabric is well agitated.
Your T-Shirt is now ready to wear!
Choose a photo. An image with bold shapes and good contrast will create better prints.
Turn image into a negative; i.e. invert the image so that black & white are reversed (use photoshop or Inko App). NB: 35mm negative strips are already inverted.
Using an inkjet printer, print image onto the tacky side of an Inkofilm transparency sheet. Do this twice. You need TWO negatives.
Follow Steps One and Two as outlined in the above Inkodye T-shirt project.
Place negatives together and align. Place negatives on top of the Inkodye coated fabric. The tacky, printed side of your negative should be facing up.
Expose in sunlight or under a UV lamp. At noon on a sunny day your print should develop in about 12 minutes; cloudy days allow 20–30 minutes.
Take your project back inside, away from direct sunlight or UV, and peel off the negative to reveal your print. NB: At this stage fabric is still sensitive to sunlight, and may further develop!
Use Inkowash to wash off undeveloped Inkodye.
Explore creating designs with other found objects including those found in nature.
Soak fabric in Inkodye and lay pinched and scrunched in sun to expose.
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