A lovely day learning about transfer printing with lots of advice from Diana about how to apply the dyes to paper, mixing colours and creating textures.

We used transfer dyes which give a broader range of colour rather than transfer paints which don’t have such successful mixing qualities. We also tried transfer crayons and transfer pencils the brand we used was Colour Craft.

How to use Transfer Dyes/Disperse Dyes

Transfer or disperse dyes are used to colour synthetic fabrics like polyester and spun-bonded fabrics such as Lutradur and Evolon.
They dyes are mixed with water and then painted onto paper, allowed to dry and then placed colour side down onto synthetic fabric and ironed with a hot iron to transfer the colour to fabric.

  • Your design can be painted onto paper (cheap photocopy paper is fine) To transfer your design onto fabric first the dye must be dry, lay the painted paper onto your fabric with the colour face down onto the fabric, then iron with a hot iron, taking your time it takes 3 to 5 minutes to transfer the colour, so patience is needed at this stage. The techniques used on the day-
  • create texture first by scrunching up the paper and the straightening out again,
  • the colours are mixed on the paper as they run into each other.
  • To create more interesting textures salt can be sprinkled onto the damp dye. Brush the salt off before you print.
  • Your dry papers can be ironed and printed through stencils to create resist,
  • or use foliage to create a mask
  • or tear the papers and collage them together.

Enjoy the images from some of the lovely prints


Just a few of the lovely prints from a great workshop day here in Garstang, thank you so much Diana, for teaching us the techniques and how to get such lovely subtle results from Transfer dyes. a really enjoyable day.

Linda xx