Photo-Printed Silk Ribbon

Photo-Printed Silk Ribbon

Jesse Genet

Only with Inkodye can you create this incredibly easy and rewarding DIY project. Because Inkodye is photographic you can use it with 35mm black & white negatives to create your own photo-printed silk ribbon.

Use your ribbon in your hair, around your waist on a summer dress or cut it into sections and give them away as bookmarks!


Inkodye ↗
Inkowash ↗
Silk ribbon
Foam brush
35mm B&W negatives
Pinnable surface
35mm negatives

1. 35mm 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.

Gather your materials

2. Gather your materials

Start by working indoors to insure Inkodye won't develop.

Cut ribbon

3. Cut ribbon

Cut your ribbon to the size of the negatives you'd like to print.

Position your ribbon

4. Position your ribbon

Lay your ribbon down onto a board that you'll be able to move out into the sun.

Pour Inkodye

5. Pour Inkodye

Apply your Inkodye straight from the bottle, we recommend not diluting for this project.

Brush it on

6. Brush it on

Using a regular ol' foam brush make sure your Inkodye is evenly applied.

Pin your negative

7. Pin your negative

Get your negative placed properly, make sure you put it SHINY side down so as not to smear it. Using push pins, pin your project to the board to keep the negative in contact and so it can't blow away!

Smooth it down

8. Smooth it down

Using the slight stickyness of the wet ribbon rub the negative down until it is smooth.


9. Expose

This is where the magic happens, watch your photos develop right before your eyes! Leave your project in the sun for at least 5 minutes, up to 20 minutes in cloudy weather.


10. Reveal

In a shady indoor area uncover your masterpiece!


11. Wash

Wash vigorously (preferably in a washing machine) using HOT water and Inkowash. If you do not wash enough your project may continue to develop after it is dry.

Let it dry

12. Let it dry

Dry your project without heat, just lay it out indoors (not in the sun) and let it dry completely.

You're done!

13. You're done!

Use your beautiful custom ribbon for anything! We'd love to hear what you dream up.