I did a little printing in my home studio. I made all the mistakes. I used a Thermofax screen, made at NMMC, of this drawing of a swan. I attached the Thermo fax to a silk screen, one that is stretched on a frame.
I opened up the container of black procion dye, and mixed it into the release paste (alginate and chemical water). It looked brown. Yet I proceeded. The first couple of pulls went really well, even though they were a nice rusty brown instead of the black I intended. Then things started to get sloppy. I kept going, because - well sloppy is part of life, and sometimes it gets better. Not this time. I realized ink was getting trapped between the Thermofax and the silk. Pooh. I let the 6 towels I had printed "cure" for a couple of days. Next step is washing out all the soda ( I prepared the fabric with a soda soak previous to printing), by tossing them into the washing machine.
All the color washed out. Almost all - there was a pale yellow line left. Now I really wonder about that dye? Was it something else in the wrong container? Was it actually Lanaset instead of Procion? The good news is that the towels were like new, so I started over.
I pulled the Thermofax away from the framed silk screen. This time, instead of soaking the fabric in soda ash, I decided to add the soda directly to my black ink paste. I also tested my black, visually - and yes, THIS jar looks black. I pulled another series of prints. They were clean, sharp and black. I put them on a rack over a heater to batch.
After two days, I thought they must be "done", so , as a test, I decided to dry some dishes with one. Black ink everywhere! Big Mistake. Huge. I threw them all in the washer once again, hoping that the color didn't all go away. And it didn't
Final picture, below, some stamping fun: