Spinner Art with Glue and Spray Dye

In the first of the Spinner Art series I used glue as a resist and low immersion dyed. In this post I’m talking about using the glue, but spraying the dye on the fabric.

Just a reminder, all of the fabric has been soaked in soda ash water for 15 minutes and allowed to dry before adding the glue and the dyes.

Once the glue was dry it was time to make dye water. I added approximately 1 teaspoon of dye per 1 cup of water.

I loved how the sticks turned out.

I used one part of a table as the spraying area. That’s important when spraying since the dye will drift everywhere.

Then after each piece was done, it was moved to another area to dry. I cleaned up the area for the next piece to be sprayed.

Here are the pieces done and drying.

I let the fabric batch overnight. Then it was time to rinse with cold water. Getting the glue off is a challenge, but it just takes time. After most of the glue was gone, I rinsed in hot water, and let the fabric sit in hot soapy water. Then they were off to in the washer for a hot wash, and two rinses. After drying them on high heat, I ironed them.

And the finished pieces again.

I wanted to compare the two glue resist pieces. Here they are side by side. On the left are the spray dyed pieces. On the right are the low immersion pieces.

The low immersion pieces are darker, but the resist is faint because while it’s sitting in the water, the dye is getting under the glue. And instead of the white, we are not getting as much resist. However, the sprayed pieces are lighter. Another option would be to use thickened dye.

So that’s all about using the glue resist. It’s cheap and easy to use, but hard to get out of the fabric. It’s best to either spray or paint on the dye, since it is water soluble. I much rather use Jacquard Water Based Resist that I’ll be writing about in my next post.