I'm beginning a blog series about color blending with acid dyes. Mixed-Up Mondays! If you're into WoF's, percentages, and lots of precise measurements, this may not be for you. Every dyer has their own process; this happens to be mine.
I'll be using Jacquard Acid Dyes (and one Dharma) for this series. I have the primary colors CMY, RB, black and brown.
Jacquard 624 Turquoise
Dharma 411 Deep Magenta
Jacquard 601 Sun Yellow
Jacquard 617 Cherry Red
Jacquard 621 Sky Blue
Jacquard 639 Jet Black
Jacquard 632 Chestnut
You can make any color imaginable with just these 7 dyes. Please note you may mix your own brown, I purchase the brown just to make my life a bit easier. I like to work with dyes using a concentrated stock solution because it is easier to mix and get my target color. After some practice, when you see a color you want, you'll be able to break it down to it's primaries and recreate it on fiber or yarn.
What you'll need:
damp towel (or sham-wow)
plastic bottles (I recycle Gatorade or Vitamin Water bottles)
acid dye powder in primary colors: Turquoise, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Blue, Black, and Brown
Place your damp towel on your work surface to catch any stray dye powder. Put on your mask and gloves.
Cover and give it a good shake for a minute.
Do this for each color you have. Sometimes there will be bubbles so let those settle before opening.
You can use these solutions for a few days, they will be fine. Solids and globs (that's the scientific term there) may form after a few days. Just reheat the bottle in a hot water bath and give it a good shake again. We're all set for some color blending!
Up Next on Mixed-Up Monday: (reader color request) Lime Green