Resistad’s unique chemistry offers all the advantages of both permanent and removable resists. The Medium Concentrate formula allows artists to tailor the viscosity of the resist to their needs. Additionally, because it is extra thick, it can be loaded with dye to produce coloured lines instead of white ones without jeopardizing performance. As a “hybrid” resist, it holds detail better than any other water-based system, yet it washes out of the fabric easily with warm water.
Some of the advantages of Resistad over other resists:
CONCENTRATED FOR MAXIMUM CONTROL: Resistad is offered by Jacquard in a medium viscosity formulation that should be thinned with water or liquid dye to the desired consistency for the method of application. The recommended ratio for hand pipetting is 1:1 Resistad to water, but the ratio may be adjusted to taste. This concentrated approach also gives artists better economy and is much less costly to ship.
RESISTAD IS EASILY COLOURED: Mix the resist with dye instead of water to create crisp coloured lines instead of white ones. Resistad makes for an excellent delivery system for Silk Colours and other dyes. This means artists can create an infinite palette of coloured guttas –clear, full strength, or pastel– all from a single concentrate, thus extending and liberating gutta creativity! Coloured Resistad resists just as well as non-coloured resist.
SUPERIOR HYPERPHOBICITY: Resistad resists better than any other water-based resist. This means you can achieve better detail in your work and can be much freer with the way you apply liquid colour. If it is heat set, it becomes so resistant to water that you can even brush colour over it. (Heat setting activates the gutta's water repellent properties, transforming it from water miscible to water resistant. The degree of heat setting determines the resistivity of the Resistad to a large extent, though air-dried Resists resists reasonably well, too!)
EXCELLENT FOR PRINTING APPLICATIONS such as screen printing, block printing, stamping and sponging. Because of its high viscosity, Resistad prints as well as any other printing paste, and holds fine detail extremely well. This simply cannot be achieved with other resists. Printing Resistad means line work may be achieved with much higher precision than hand-applied lines and in a fraction of the time, making it great for commercial artists and production runs.
EASY WASH OUT: Resistad washes out of the silk quickly & easily and does not change the feel, drape or luster of the fabric. Resistad resists as well or better than permanent solvent and water-based resists, but does not change the hand of the fabric the way a permanent resist does. It is the best of both worlds!
EASY CLEAN UP: Utensils are easily cleaned with water, and there are no noxious fumes associated with using Resistad.
To make gutta: thoroughly mix one part Resistad with one part water (or concentrated liquid dye), or to the desired consistency for your method of application. Allow to rest for at least one hour and then remix to ensure a smooth, lump-free and bubbleless gutta paste.
Apply the gutta to the silk using an applicator, silk screen, brush, stamp or stencil.
Rapid dry the gutta design for maximum sharpness, if possible.
For optimum resist performance, heat set with an iron (set on silk temp.), or any other convenient heat appliance (heat press, heat gun, etc.). Otherwise, allow to completely air dry.
Colour in the gutta design using liquid dyes or paints.
Once the colour is set according to the manufacturer’s instructions, remove the resist by first soaking in cool water and then rinsing with Synthrapol.