In preparing to participate in the Playful Fabric Print-Along, I will address to the basic supplies you might need. First, please join the Print-Along in the Playful Fabric Printing Community, where we have discount codes to PRO Chem, StencilGirl and Melly Marks.
To start, you will need an inexpensive scale, this is a link to Amazon, which carries the exact scale that I use. This scale costs less than 10$.
I have put together a PRO Chem shopping list to get you started. There are two versions, a modest version and a robust version. In the modest version, you would need to find small jars-1 oz or larger with a tight lid in addition to enough of them to contain the palette of colors you choose to mix.
In the more robust shopping list, I include 28 1oz jars and the larger size of dye, so that you can mix all 28 colors in Playful Fabric Printing (If this is your intention, you will need to purchase the robust list, with 8oz size of the dye powders). After which, I directly link to some other fun items.
|Pro Chem Supplies (link)||Modest||Robust|
|Pro Print Paste SH||6.14/1LB||27.65/5LB|
|28 1 Ounce Jars with lids||14.00/28 Jars|
|Sun Yellow 108||4.95/2oz||14.14/8oz|
|Mixing Red 305||3.95/2oz||10.50/8oz|
|Intense Blue 406||6.95/2oz||25.28/8oz|
|Scale (Amazon link)||
You will also need to gather up a dust mask, a bucket, a drying rack, plastic spoons, yogurt cups, gloves and table salt. The drying rack that I use is Minky brand. I don’t specifically recommend it, but I do recommend a drying rack that is sponge washable so that dye can be removed with a wet sponge, the Minky rack is plastic covered, making it easy to clean. I keep a dedicated rack for use in the studio, so that there will never be fear of getting dye on our clothing.
I have created a new video called ‘PFP Tips and Suggestions’, in the hope of helping you form methodical habits when you handle dyes.
Here are some other items you might consider, I suggest you put these items on your wishlist. Blick has Soft Kut Printing Blocks and Linoleum Cutters. eNasco has our favorite Creative Hands brand sticky back craft foam. And just so you know, this is my favorite brayer and here is a link to the June Tailor Cushioned Quilters Square ‘n Blocker, which makes a great padded work surface following the directions in Playful Fabric Printing, page 76. And here is the link to the Black & Decker Rice Cooker Plus (Playful Fabric Printing, page 55). Honestly, I could go on and on and link to every single item, but I will hold off. Once you fall in love with the techniques, you will definitely want to revisit this portion of the list.
To participate in the Print-Along, you will at least need to modest list of items found above. The rest is icing on the cake. Remember, join our Playful Fabric Printing Community page on Facebook to get the Coupon Codes and to Print-Along with us!
2 thoughts on “Print-Along preparation, Tips and Suggestions”
Thanks this great! I’m going somewhere in between. Luckily, I have the PFD fabric.
Makes me twitchy just thinking about dyeing. I get so excited seeing the colors and the fabric absorbing the dye. We had a little set back, so dyeing had to go to the bottom of the list, but never fear, it is on the list! Thanks for the list of supplies. Even the robust list is modest when you consider the hours of dyeing you can do and the wonderful results. Have fun and be colorful!