|David the (possible) Goliath Stick Insect|
|Just some of a large quantity of dyed paper|
I wanted some solid(ish) colours which was the brown paper bags, and with the sheets of white tissue I dropped drops of contrasting colours on the dye-painted sheets to give random effects. I started dyeing paper after I bought a little book from the charity shop called Tie-Dyed Paper, by Anne Maile. It took my previous dyeing experience of fabric a step further, and as I now make books, journals and bookmarks, this technique is getting used quite a lot. I tried to find out more about Anne Maile but couldn't.
I used Procion dyes which I get from Kraftkolour who I find to be extremely helpful, over the phone or email, and quick to deliver your order. Remember these are not natural dyes but chemicals so you must be careful to use gloves; having said that, I have never had any problems with them. You must wear a dust mask when making the dye powder up into liquid to avoid breathing the dust, but once in liquid form just wear gloves. It takes ages to wear off skin - I speak from experience! Procion dyes have wonderful bright colours in many shades. I store the excess in plastic bottles left over from liquid soap, and it lasts for ages, ready to reuse. I think there is a time limit once it is liquid but I have stored it for months and used it and it's been fine.