Using Cleanline resist

I have been hunting for a good water soluble resist. I’ve used blue school glue and it works fine, but I wanted something a bit thinner. I have tried several bottles of Jacquard resist and have not been happy at all. It spread all over the place. I was told by a chemist at Jacquard a year or so ago that they were changing their formula. I don’t know if that happened or not. However, recently while trolling the web I ran across Cleanline, made by Lumi. Before I go on, this is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share this with you.


Before I begin, here are my results with the Cleanline on both silk and cotton. I used the same color and design so I could make a good comparison.

Cotton and silk pieces

I used Jacquard Dye-na-Flow on both the silk and cotton hankies. The tutorial shows you the steps on the silk.

The stencil I used was given to me by Susanne in my Indigo dyeing class last week. They are the packaging for frozen dinners. I was pretty excited when I saw these!

stencil from Susanne

I ironed freezer paper to the back of my silk hanky and began to stencil using the Cleanline. (I didn’t need to use freezer paper with the cotton.)


It is nice that Cleanline is colored so you can see what you have marked on your fabric. I also used a brush from my stash.

cleanline3Now this resist needs to dry. The bottle says it dries in 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on how thick it’s applied. Since I did this at night, I let it dry until the next morning.

I removed the freezer paper and started painting with water added to the Dye-na-Flow.

Painting with dye-na-flowAnd here is the piece painted.

finished paintingNow I needed to wait until the Dye-na-Flow was dry. Once it was dry, I ironed the back side of the fabric for three minutes to set the paint.


Once it was heat set, I ran the hanky under warm water to wash out the resist, and then popped it in the dryer. Here is the finished silk hankie.


Here is the cotton hanky.

clearline cotton hanky

I was happy with the results on both of these hankies. The marks on the cotton are not as white because I was in a hurry to get this done.

The good news is that this resist works great on both fabrics. The bad news, according to their website,  is they are “retiring” this product. I’m so glad I took a chance on this product.

Hoping you are having a creative day! Looking for more inspiration? Check out Nina-Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday posts.

UPDATE! Lumi, the company that makes Cleanline, contacted me to say they have decided not to retire this product. Great news!