Introduction: Create a Galaxy Print With Inkodye

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Do you only use Inkodye one color at a time? Do you apply Inkodye with just a brush? It's time to try some new techniques! This guide will show you how to combine all three Inkodye colors, water, and spray bottles to create a vibrant galaxy print. The final result is easy and striking

Step 1: Used in This Project:

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4 oz Inkodye Red
4 oz Inkodye Blue
4 oz Inkodye Orange
Negative of Photo
Spray Bottles
Dress or Shirt
Blue Painters Tape

Step 2: Bottles.

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For this project you will need three spray bottles, one for each color. You can find empty spray bottles at a drugstore or home improvement store, or recycle empty bottles from home. If you recycle bottles, be sure to clean out the bottle well. Spray warm water through the spray handle to clean out the nozzle and hose.

Step 3: Dilute

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Add one color of Inkodye to each bottle. Then, thin your Inkodye by mixing equal parts dye and water. Don't worry, Inkodye is very concentrated. The colors will still be bright and bold after the water is added.

Step 4: Select Image

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Go online and find yourself a great space image! The NASA photo library has a huge selection of beautiful images, and most are high resolution and copyright free.

Step 5: Prepare Negative

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Invert and adjust your image, then print it out. For this project we wanted a large print, so we ordered a large format negative. If you would like to learn how to make your own large format negatives, our guide to making giant negatives has you covered.

Step 6: Gather

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When you're ready to print, round up your Inkodye, negative, spray bottles, painter's tape, and an item of clothing to print on.

Step 7: Tape

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Use painter's tape to mask off the print area.

Step 8: Nebula

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Decide where you would like the Orange nebula to be. Spray this area first using the Orange Inkodye. Be sure to spray a fine mist so the edges fade out smoothly. Next, spray Red over most of the nebula area. Leave some parts pure Orange.

Step 9: Space

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While avoiding the nebula, throughly spray the rest of the print area with Blue. Make sure to coat all the way to the edges. Finally, add a some thick drops of Red and Orange on top of the Blue space area.

Step 10: Expose

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Dab away the excess Inkodye, lay your negative on top of the print area, and expose your print. If you have any questions about how to achieve a bright vibrant Inkodye print, our guide to printing on cotton with Inkodye has all the answers.

Step 11: Reveal

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Once the image has developed, bring it inside and peel away the negative for a sneak peek. It's looking good!

Step 12: Wash

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Be sure to wash your print with Inkowash to rinse away any undeveloped dye.

Step 13: Wear

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Congratulations on your awesome space gear! Dare we say it looks out of this world?


lcrookston (author)2014-09-11

Sweet! I think it would be extra cool if you added small "star" dots with their resist product. I may have to try this soon...

antoniraj (author)2013-09-15

This is great... Are Lumi products available in India..?

Lumi (author)antoniraj2013-09-15

We don't currently have any retailers in India but we ship worldwide from our website! >>

antoniraj (author)Lumi2013-11-02

thank you... I have won the first prize in the Print & Dye contest sponsored by Lumi and will be getting some Lumi products to experiment with

clubber (author)2013-10-03

it looks amazing, thanks for posting!

annieannie (author)2013-07-09

This is fantastic, what type of paper did you use to print your negative on?

Lumi (author)annieannie2013-07-09

We use waterproof inkjet film such as Inkofilm. You can also have us print your negatives directly through our app

legless (author)Lumi2013-07-14

Can one use a "negative" printed on overhead transparency film using a laser printer?

Lumi (author)legless2013-07-14

Theoretically yes, but the blacks have to have to opaque in order to block sunlight. Depending on your printer and settings you may need to run the film twice or stack two films to create enough density.

nfarrow (author)2013-07-12

Inkodye looks and acts a lot like Cyanotype

Lumi (author)nfarrow2013-07-12

Yes, it does! But the chemistry is made for fabric so you can machine wash your prints. Also, you use Inkodye wet instead of letting it dry :)

nfarrow (author)Lumi2013-07-12

You can wash Cyanotype fabrics just you can't use phosphates, bleach or sodium soups. ;) but I would like to know how Inkodye gets their reds..

Lumi (author)nfarrow2013-07-14

The chemistry of Inkodye is made for fabric - it's chemically a vat dye and in addition to red, and orange we'll be rolling out a whole rainbow of colors! :)

Susan La Zazou (author)2013-07-11

This is AMAZING!! I hadn't heard of Inkodye before, but I will definitely be ordering it now!!

SwirlesY (author)2013-07-09

That is the bee's knees! Can the negative be re-used?

Lumi (author)SwirlesY2013-07-09

Yes it can! You can wipe the back of a negative with a bit of water or window cleaning solution to remove the dye. If you want to be extra safe you can even put a clear piece of film between the dye and the negative to keep the negative completely clean.

canida (author)2013-07-09

i must do this.

onemoroni1 (author)2013-07-09

Never heard of Inkodye. This looks cool to do.

NerdCraftLibrarian (author)2013-07-05

This is amazing. I have to try this!

1badrc (author)2013-07-04

WOW, what an amazing product with so many awesome applications and possibilities! From the time I read this ible the gears in my head started turning away! Thank you so much for this!!!

HollyMann (author)2013-07-04

This is AWESOME!!! Don't know how I missed it before!!! Love it!

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