I’m sure you’ve heard of having the blues, right? Well, a while back I struggled to find some indigo textile paint for printing on my indigo dyed fabric. That gave me a case of the blues! So, I decided if I couldn’t find something ready-made, I’d mix up some myself. The thing is each indigo piece I dye can have many, many shades of blue. No way I could mix up a blue that would work with each shade. Well I could, but I won’t.
So I decided to mix a light indigo color and a dark indigo color. It was a lot of trial and error. A lot of back and forth. Adding a little of this, and a little of that. Occasionally an Oops! too much. But I kept at it and eventually ended up with two base colors that plays really nice with my indigo fabric.
To make my textile paints I use a transparent textile medium and color concentrate from Pro Chemical and Dye. The textile medium is basically textile paint without color. The color concentrate is pure pigment with no binder. It is very, very concentrated, so a few drops goes a long way.
Indigo Light and Indigo Dark
Here are the two colors I mixed.
The Printed Samples
Here are samples of what they look like printed on indigo fabric:
With these two colors of indigo textile paint, I can create any shade I need to go with any piece of indigo dyed fabric as I need them.
I love mixing paint to create the colors I need. And it is not as difficult as I once imagined. Is this something you do? If so, I’d love to know!