can i make sodium alginate thick enough to use as a resist?
i'm trying to develop a homemade resist for silk painting (etc) that isn't mind-bogglingly complex like japanese rice paste.
i'm not interested in using wax.
i tried blue glue. it wouldn't come out until i'd already boiled the dye away.
i tried tapioca starch. it didn't resist at all, and wouldn't come out without serious scrubbing.
i've heard about flour paste for use with small kids, but haven't tried it.
anyway, i've read that there are problems with starch resists. i can believe it. but what else can i use? i've had great results with sugar syrup, but it's only a partial resist, and i use it in order to on-purpose violate it for the interesting ferny effects it gives. but it won't do for this: i need something that's a full resist.
whatever, i'm not willing to pay $10 for a 4-ounce bottle of proprietary stuff any more.