Tuesday, June 5, 2012

No Tie, No Dye

I am mildly addicted to Sharpie Tie Dyeing. Those of you that follow me on Facebook are already aware of this. It's the perfect summer craft for ALL ages! Here's how you do it... Get something nice and plain. I have found that your basic t-shirt works best. Those canvas bags and hats you see in the craft stores don't do this project justice. GO basic. T-shirt. Stick with lighter colors but you don't have to use only white. If you are doing this on a shirt you will want to slip a tray or piece of heavy cardboard into the shirt so that the pen doesn't bleed through to the back of the shirt. Get your Sharpies and draw away! I found that making a basic shape and then adding a series of dots or small stripes worked best for the tie die look. TIP: I did provide letter stencils for those that were not confident in writing their name and adding patterns around it. Once you get the drawing done make sure your shirt is pulled nice and tight against the tray. (It is best if the tray has a lip on it so that there is space between the shirt and the tray surface. This helps the next step work best)If you shirt is much larger than your tray pull the shirt in a bunch in the back (where you have not colored) and wrap a rubber band around it to hold it tight. Now add rubbing alcohol to where you have colored. I used a pipette for dripping the rubbing alcohol. I suppose now is when I should mention that it's best to do this in a well ventilated area? Don't worry it will be just a matter of 20 minutes or so and your masterpiece will dry and not smell like a nail salon. Watch the pigment bleed torugh the fibers like magic! It's so fun! After your shirt has dried throw it in the dryer for a bit to set the ink. Voila! No-mess tie dyeing!

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