Polysol Transfer Dyes

This past month has been devoted to spending time experimenting with Polysol transfer dyes.  These dyes are applied to paper, then transferred via heat to fabric.    Several techniques have been applied, including thickening the dyes first which creates greater textural imagery.  The old GladWrap was handy too, as was foil, to create texture that hints at aerial landscape views – from a spaceship!  But more of these images will be available very soon.

Meantime here is one piece showing an impressionistic close-up view of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in W.A.

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2 Responses to Polysol Transfer Dyes

  1. Chris Smith says:

    We have created a group of 4 and our first day we spent looking at Transfer Dyes and Fabric crayolas.
    I am interested in how you applied your dyes and the results you discovered. What methods did you use? What I’m seeing looks good. Thanks if you have time. Chris S

  2. Pamela says:

    Chris, My main application has been to paint the dye on paper (photocopy paper will do). There are many techniques to do this, e.g. brush marks to create an image, finger painting, painting and overpainting the paper etc. It must be completely dry before transferring to polyester fabrics using heat, either an iron or a heatpress. Over the next few weeks I will endeavour to post more details of y process on my blog so that you and others can understand more about it. Good luck.

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