Cochineal Red Natural Dye Pigment Inks is an example of how I am always seeking to improve my inks as it is a complex ink with two dyes in it obviating the need to add stannous chloride to give red making this another eco ink!
Did you know that most of the natural dye inks can be used as fabric paints ? Simply paint with them onto a clean scoured prepared fabric such as cotton or silk. Either allow to air set over 6 weeks or steam well wrapped in cling film from 20-30 minutes depending on weight of fabric
lightfastness of 1 ( see below) Mixed with the 18th Century black it gives a purple and with yellow, bright orange.
Inks are made in batches of ten and colours may vary slightly from batch to batch
Lighfastness is measured by placing painted samples in a southwest facing skylight for one month and are graded as follows.
No fading lightfastness of 1.
Slight fading lightfastnss of 2
Loss of colour lighfastness of 3.