Ann Johnston= Materials List

Description: for all levels

   Fiber reactive dyes are washable and will not leave a surface texture on the fabric, unlike textile paints and pigments. Procion MX dyes can be painted or printed directly on the fabric in a process that works well in a small space without needing heat or steam treatment.  In this workshop we will go over all the basics about these dyes: characteristics, recipes, and sources.  Students will spend most of the class time painting on cotton. We will practice color mixing and create a sampler of techniques, learning to control the dye without resist in thick as well as thin mixtures. I will lead students through, step by step, demonstrating and explaining each exercise.  My goal is to introduce some of the techniques in my book, Color By Design, so the students have enough knowledge and experience to start using dye at home on their own projects.

 Materials fee per student: $80.00 per student

This covers the supplies Ann provides and shipping to the workshop: handouts, dyes pre-measured in plastic squeeze bottles, powdered print paste mix, granular urea, soda ash, Synthrapol, various printing materials, and 4 yards of cottons. Ann will bring supplies and tools to share and extra dye, fabric, and supplies for sale.


 Label everything, try to find WHITE or clear containers—you can see the colors better.


·         4 yards fabric 100% cotton yardage, washed in hot water and detergent

·         Optional:  more fabric, cotton, rayon, linen, silk, washed as above. We will test and compare small pieces of all fabrics brought to class

·         white work surface: about 20” x 20” or larger.  make with firm cardboard and white contac paper, or white foam core and clear contac paper, or a white shower curtain taped on the table, piece of thick white vinyl or whatever works

·         1 lightweight plastic tarp to cover fabric pieces and table (8' x 12', 1 mil. ok)

·         paint clothes/apron to wear

·         rubber gloves, both well-fitting and/or loose-fitting

·         one 1-cup (250 ml) plastic liquid measuring cup

·         one set plastic measuring spoons

·         one 1-gallon (4-liter) plastic bucket, NOT huge buckets.

·         plastic jar(s) to rinse brushes, absorbent paper towels, old towel to clean up

·         plastic bags to carry wet fabric

·         3-6 white plastic garbage bags

·         wide mouth plastic containers like yogurt, sour cream, or food storage containers and lids for some of them, clear or white is best

8 or more, 1-cup (250 ml)

   2 or more, 1-pint (500ml)

   2 1-quart (1-liter)

·         6-10 plastic forks and spoons

·         one long handled plastic spoon

·         masking tape

·         scissors for plastic cutting

·         pencil and thick permanent black marker for labeling fabric

·         2– 4  1” sponge brushes

·         Two or more larger sponge brushes, different sizes

·         Six or more, nylon paint brushes, firm bristles (brights and rounds), small to large, your favorites

·         1-2 smooth, dense, foam rollers, 3” to 6” wide

·         1-2 small paint trays for roller, a few white Styrofoam plates OR white Styrofoam meat

  containers from grocery to mix colors and for applying dye to roller

·         1 or more big sponges, 1 ½” or more thick, smooth or textured

·         other tools of your own design: blocks, stamps, stencils

·         Optional: other white plastic palettes for mixing colors

·         Optional: small flat plastic storage box, shoebox size or smaller

·         Optional: long narrow plastic container, like silverware storage stuff