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Thread: Odd Question About Batiks

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    Odd Question About Batiks

    I actually want to have a deep dark blue batik to bleed onto another batik fabric. The batik I want to bleed has whale and dolphin designs that I would like to lightly transfer to a lighter green batik.

    I thought about laying the dark over the light fabric and spraying water on it, smoothing it out and then iron it dry. But there is no guarantee the batik will bleed though.

    Does anyone have a solution to want I want to do?

    I know I sound crazy but I've been this way all by life. LOL
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    Some batiks bleed - some don't. Your plan sounds as though it should work but you might have to let the damp/wet fabrics sit for a bit to get your desired results. Do you have enough of the fabrics to do a couple of test pieces?

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    With my luck, the blue I wanted to bleed would be the only piece of fabric in the entire quilt that was colorfast! The process you outlined should work, but if the color in the blue is set, I don't think there's a way to 'un set' it. Also, even if it does bleed, the green may not accept the excess dye. I would use very hot water. Please post an update on how it went.
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    If you are trying to transfer the designs to the other fabric you might need to look into another method. How about finding a rubber dolphin stamp and printing it on the fabric? If you want an exact duplicate, I would trace the image with my light box. Transfer the outline of the image to freezer paper on the paper side. Cut out the image outline ( leave little connecting pieces) and iron it to the fabric you want to print. Use a permanent paint to stencil the image.

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    You could also dye the fabric yourself (or overdye it). It's so much fun! I did snow dying during the winter after seeing the article in Quilters Newsletter. It didn't come out "perfect" but it was so different! There must be lots of other methods that don't require snow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorli View Post
    You could also dye the fabric yourself (or overdye it). It's so much fun! I did snow dying during the winter after seeing the article in Quilters Newsletter. It didn't come out "perfect" but it was so different! There must be lots of other methods that don't require snow!
    "snow dying"???

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    If it was me I would wash th 2 together without any colour catchers and see what happens.
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