Re: cyanotypes on fabric

From: Judy Seigel ^lt;>
Date: 12/02/04-11:37:01 PM Z
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On Thu, 2 Dec 2004, Isabella M. Trauttmansdorff wrote:

> I am hoping to do some holiday gifts on a budget this year, and thought
> about doing some cyanotypes on t-shirts (rather than just prints on
> paper). I've never done cyanotypes on fabric, and I've only seen them
> on "tighter" fabrics-- like bed sheets or shirt fabrics. Has anyone
> done this successfully on plain cotton tees? Any advice, other than
> pre-washing the fabrics a number of times to remove sizing? Any
> suggestions on kinds of fabrics to avoid? I'm worried that I will lose
> too much of the image in the washing process.

You mean in the laundry? If you use a laundry soap with washing soda in
it, your shirt will fade. If you wash by hand in a mild detergent
(woolite, or like that), it should wash well. A coarse knit won't have the
delicacy of a print on, say, simili japon, but that's not the point,
right? And like Bob says, put a cardboard or other waterproof material
inside the shirt when coating.

Received on Thu Dec 2 23:37:09 2004

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