This food-grade starch can be mixed with Bengala dyes to transform the liquid dyes into pastes ideal for painting, stenciling, and silkscreening. Using thickener will also prevent bleeding and produce more saturated colors.
How to make Bengala paint
You can make paints by adding thickener to Bengala Mud Dye, Susuzome Soot Dye, or Aijozome Indigo Dye. Using thickened dyes makes it easier to use the dyes for katasome (stencils), fabric painting, and block printing. Using thickener will also prevent bleeding and produce more saturated colors. You can develop new creations with Bengala dyeing by making patterns or drawing pictures onto the fabric.
The thickener is methyl cellulose (made from plant pulp). It is safe to use, as it is a non-toxic, food-grade ingredient.
How to make Bengala paint:
1. Shake the bottle of the dye very well before use.
2. Use a vessel with a wide mouth. Pour into your vessel the amount of dye that you plan to make into paint.
3. Add the thickener. The approximate ratio is 1g (~1/2 tsp) of thickener for 65ml (~1/4 c) of dye.
4. Once you add the thickener, STIR IMMEDIATELY. If you do not stir, the mixture may become clumpy.
5. After a few minutes of stirring, the mixture will become sticky. Once it becomes sticky, let sit for about 15 minutes without stirring.
6. The paint is ready to use! Store in a sealed, airtight container.
How to store the thickened dye:
This product can be stored for two years before opening. After opening, close tightly and store in a cool, dark location. Avoid high temperatures and direct sunlight. Seal the vessel to avoid exposure to air.
Shake the vessel of the paint well before use as the components separate in a couple of days. The separation does not affect product quality.
Note: If you add the thickener to Aijozome, store in refrigerator as it is perishable.
This product can be stored for two years before opening. After opening, close tightly and store in a cool, dark location. Avoid high temperatures and direct sunlight.