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I use the resist used by silkpainters (gutta perche)for batik when
teaching kids. You have to make a few adaptations so here goes.
#1. As silk is very thin and I work on a thicker material, usually
cotton, I thin the resist down. You have to experiment to get the right
consistency as it differs from material to material, according to
thickness. The rule is, the heavier the material, the thinner the
#2. Work outside on the lawn as a smooth surface under the material
smudges the resist.
#3. As the resist is water soluble, I spray the dye on using a trigger
spray. The kids love this as they can spray various colours to get a
#4. Leave to dry, fix colour if needed and wash the resist out.
Experiment and enjoy.
Tracey in Durban, RSA
PS GRAMMAR POLICE: if anything is wrong with my spelling and?or grammar,
keep in mind that English is NOT my first language.