PRO MX Reactive Dyes. Floris had mixed the dyes at home and brought them into the studio. The ratio of dye to paste will determine the darkness of the dye. Floris works with primary colors and has assembled dye color charts to figure out color mixtures. She mixed a purple to work with today.
The last thing that needs to be added before painting on the dye is a baking soda/soda ash mixture. This activates the dye in the dye paste. Once this is mixed in, the paste lasts for 4 hours.
After 24 hours, the fabric is rinsed with cold water to remove the soda ash. It then has to be washed in hot water (140 degrees F) with Synthrapol. Since this is just a sample, after removing the soda ash, I will probably just wash it in hot water from my kitchen sink.
Candy Glendening to work out this wonderful color chart.
Floris' studio space at VisArts is shared with about 7 other artists...most of them are also members of Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, where I am a member. There was a beautiful selection of the artists' work for sale. I spied some colorful dyed socks and was pleased to find out that they were made by Floris.