Advanced Techniques

Inkodye certainly will bond to paper, the challenge is washing it out. For photographic applications on paper, we recommend 100% cotton printmaking papers designed for watercolor or alternative photo processes, like those made by Arches and Canson. These can be washed using hot water and Inkowash, as recommended in our standard set of instructions. 

Inkodye was designed to be used on textiles that can be washed vigorously, your prints on paper may continue to develop even after washing. Of course you can always paint, silkscreen, stamp or dip Inkodye onto paper.

You can also find custom-made rubber stamps, silkscreens and other tools for printing paper at the new lumi.com

Yes, Inkodye can be used on raw, unprimed wood. Because the dye binds to the wood fibers themselves make sure there are no coatings, oils, or water repellants on its surface. If you are reclaiming a piece of wood for your project, it has most likely been coated with a protectant or finish. Start by sanding the wood down until you are back to a raw wood surface before applying Inkodye.

Inkodye can be used like a normal wood stain, or can be used paint on wood. For photographic prints follow our normal Photo Printing instructions. For the washing step use hot water with a small amount of Inkowash and scrub the wood with a sponge to remove unexposed dye. Note that wood is very absorbent and usually "holds on" to the dye which may result in visible background tinting.

You can also find custom-made silkscreens, vinyl decals and other tools for printing wood at the new lumi.com

In theory it is possible to use a projector or darkroom enlarger to print Inkodye, however these tools are generally not equipped with powerful enough bulbs to replicate sunlight. 

Technically, yes. Here's an example of such a print. This technique requires you to wash your project thoroughly between each color, which can make it difficult to achieve good registration. We recommend working with woven rather than knit materials to avoid registration problems.

Yes! Note that this technique works best with black and white negatives that have been "push processed" for darker blacks. Inkodye is much less sensitive to light than standard darkroom chemicals, therefore you need particularly opaque negatives to create a good print. To avoid damaging your analog film negatives we recommend placing a clear transparency between the negative and your fabric. Read the Photo-Printed Silk Ribbon project for more details on this technique.

Yes! Inkodye can also be used for screen printing. Keep in mind that Inkodye has a thinner consistency than typical silkscreening inks. You may need to use a higher mesh count screen than usual to prevent Inkodye from bleeding.

You can also order custom-made silkscreens at the new lumi.com