Introduction: Photo-Printed Silk Ribbon
Only with Inkodye can you create this incredibly easy and rewarding DIY project! Because Inkodyes are truly photographic you can use them with black & white negatives to create your very own photo printed silk ribbon.
Use your ribbon in your hair, around your waist on a summer dress, on a gift, wrapped or not, or cut it into sections and give them away as adorable bookmarks!
Total tutorial time: 15 minutes
Step 1: Materials
Inkodye, foam brush, pins, silk ribbon, b&w negatives and a work surface board
Step 2: Making Your Own Negatives
You can buy a B&W disposable camera and take your own shots! Important Note: High contrast negatives are needed for this project to work so try to overexpose the pics you take! You can also request "push processing" at your local film development lab to ensure higher contrast negatives.
Step 3: Prepare
Cut your ribbon to the size of the negatives you'd like to print
Step 4: Position
Lay your ribbon down onto a board that you'll be able to move out into the sun
Step 5: Pour
Apply your Inkodye straight from the bottle, we recommend not diluting for this project
Step 6: Brush
Using a regular ol' foam brush make sure your Inkodye is evenly applied. A regular paintbrush can also be used, but watch out for stray bristles!
Step 7: Place
Get your negative placed properly, make sure you put it SHINY side DOWN so as not to smear it
Step 8: Pin
Using push pins, pin your project to the board to keep the negative in contact and so it can't blow away!
Step 9: Smooth
Using the slight stickyness of the wet ribbon rub the negative down until it is smooth
Step 10: Take It Into the Sun
This is where the magic happens, watch your photos develop right before your eyes!
Step 11: Wait
Leave your project in the sun for at least 5 minutes, up to 12 minutes in cloudy weather
Step 12: Uncover
In a shady indoor area uncover your masterpiece!
Step 13: Wash
Wash vigorously in HOT soapy water, for best results use our specialized Inkowash. If you do not wash enough your project may continue to develop after it is dry.
Step 14: Dry
Dry your project without heat, just lay it out indoors (not in the sun) and let it dry completely
Step 15: Enjoy!
Use your beautiful custom ribbon for anything! We'd love to hear what you dream up.