straight up: illustration


All the Colours

When I look in my jewelry drawer, I often think to myself… I should make more of my own jewelry! I can lay in bed at night and think of fantastic ideas, but often run out of time to actually make what I am dreaming about.

So, I have finally gotten my act together and started to make some pieces of my own. I do have them for sale on my Etsy store, but have also given them as personalized gifts to people I care about! I love giving handmade gifts that are one-offs that no one else will have and that no one else can give.

What do you think of the necklaces that I have made so far?

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Lumi and Inkodye

I had heard about this new thing that was like screenprinting, but was much easier, so I wanted to try it!

It is called INKODYE! Instead of exposing a screen, then printing it using a squeegee onto fabric, this formula allows you to just paint it onto the fabric, expose it in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes and Ta Da! It is there!

Check it out!

I was excited because Screenprinting at school has been problematic…. exposing the screen is not always reliable. But this technique is pretty sure fire, and it is great for a one-off print which is what would happen in my classroom.

This is my first experiment, creating a little summer tote bag…. Next time I do it, I would put it in more direct sunlight, and leave it for longer! I think I just got too excited to see the final product! HAHA!


The Tote Bag…


The Inkodye


Create and invert the image using the Lumi App.

Beach Feet


Mask off the area that you are going to paint the dye onto. (This is optional, but I think that it looks neater!) Then paint the dye onto the fabric surface. They recommend that you dilute the dye, but I wouldn’t dilute it next time so that the colour is richer. I also recommend putting newspaper in between the fabric, so that the dye stays on one side of your garment.


Place your image onto the wet surface. The image needs to be made into a film negative. This is done by printing your image into an overhead transparency sheet. I held the image down with a sheet of glass, to make sure there was good contact between the film and the ink.


Once this is done, place your garment with the ink and film in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes. (Perhaps longer is better!) And then impatiently wait….

You will notice the dye start to change colour as the chemical reaction occurs.


Oh my goodness, time to reveal the design!

It looks soooo awesome! I am just imagining what I can do with this process!


No, it hasn’t ended yet, because we have to rinse it out with special detergent.

Once I did this I was a bit sad because the colour seems to have faded… I hope that next time if I leave the image in the sun for longer, it will bode a better result!

Once it is dry and ironed, I will post up another image to show you the finished product! I can’t wait to try it out some more!