Ice dyeing produces some beautiful fabric. However, there are times when even the final result of that process is just not enough. Adding a layer using deColourant can give you the look you want without adding color.
If you’re not familiar with deColourant, it is a Jacquard product that removes the color, but is easier and much kinder to the fabric. Here is a post I wrote about it a couple years ago.
Let’s start with this ice-dyed piece. I think it’s lovely, but it just needs more. I could add color with stamping or screening, but I thought I’d like to remove the color instead.
I picked out one of my thermofax screens that looks like writing. I started at the top of the piece. I decided that I wanted the whole piece covered with the writing. I added the deColourant to the screen and pulled.
Here you can see the design on the top of the piece as I move the screen down the fabric.
After the piece is completely covered it looks like this.
I waited for it to dry and then ironed the piece. However, according to Jacquard, iron while wet or use steam. I noticed that it takes longer for the product to work if you iron it dry with a dry iron. I ended up spritzing it with water and ironing.
Here is maroon ice dyed piece. It’s okay, but it really needs more.
For more information on Jacquard deColourant, check out this pdf. I really love this product where I can add a layer without adding color. Of course, this can also be used on any dyed fabric. Your results will vary depending on the fabric and the dye used.
These pieces now can be washed, and then more layers of paint can be added or can be used as is. Another easy surface design technique.
If you aren’t familiar with ice dyeing or would like to learn more, check out my online class, Icy Delights: Dyeing Fabric With Ice. You can find more information and a promo video on Lyndaheines.com.
Hope you are having a colorful week.