As many of you have seen I do dye on wood. I use the Trans tint dye from Woodcraft. I dye many burl pieces as it helps to bring out the character of the wood.
There are many ways to apply dye but I like to put it on right out of the bottle. The first coat is the base coat and it goes on rather strong, out of the bottle. I will let it dry and then go back and sand the entire surface with 400 grit. In doing so I will sand back certain areas almost back to the wood. These will be the areas where I will add another color.
The second color goes on the same way. Add a few drops to a paper towel and start to blot in the area with color. I try to blot it in as I don’t want to mix blue and yellow and end up with green. Just blot some in the area. Yes they can be sprayed though a air brush.
The third color and any other colors are done the same way. Yes I always seem to get some mixture of colors that I am not happy with but I am still learning the art of dying.
I have recently used some Rit fabric dye. I will be posting a piece soon that I did with Rit. I like the Rit dye as you have exact formulas for creating colors. Many gourd artist use Rit. It does tend to raise the grain and you have to sand back with every application. Will soon post that piece
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