Easy, fun and best of all? Colorful!
Tulip Tie Dye Kits
-Best for 100% cotton. Should be used with in 60 minutes of mixing.
Plaid Acrylic Multi-Surface Paints
- Paints can be used on any fabric. No rinsing required!
White T-shirts or Mens undershirts.
-Pre-washed, just detergent. No softeners, no dryer sheet. Keep shirts damp.
Plastic drop cloth for table or ground
Gloves- rubber or plastic
Rubber bands or waxy twine
Containers and wire racks
Hangers and places to hang shirts
Bags- for setting over night.
A rinsing bucket or tub
Access to water/hose.
|These come with the powdered dye inside the bottles, rubber bands and one-size-fits-all gloves|
|Save the Tulip dye bottles for paints and other dye mixes. The narrow Tip is ideal for tie dye applications.|
|I use rubber bands for the spirals and zip ties for the rest. You just need to be careful you don't "cut" the shirt when removing the zip ties. For bags I use fold and close bread bags and large ziplocks bags. Gloves are optional. Some times I use them, sometimes I don't. If you don't like using them, make sure you have Lava soap to remove the stains on your arms and hands.|
|This is what I use when I tie dye.|
|Bakers racks work too.|
- Lay your damp shirt flat on your protected surface. Decide where you want your spiral center to be. Pinch there and start twisting.
- Keep on twisting. Make sure the shirt stays flat and does not buckle up.
- When you can twist no more, gather the loose parts and form a flat circle.
- Wrap the first rubber band, careful to cross the center. Add the second rubber band making a "X" in the center.
- Add 2 more rubber bands corner to corner, aligning in the center. You should have 8 sections.
- Lay your damp shirt flat. Gather in folds from the shoulder downwards.
- Try to keep the folds nice and even.
- When you are at the end, twist as if you are wringing a towel.
- Keep twisting until it makes a loop. Place onto a bakers rack before applying dye in sections.
Wavy stripe shirt:
Lay your damp shirt flat. Then starting at one side, gather the shirt in folds, pleating towards the other side. Secure folds with zip ties and apply your dye/paint.
Lay your damp shirt flat. Then starting at the bottom, gather the shirt in folds, pleating towards the top. Secure folds with zip ties and apply your dye/paint.
|As you can see, this one done with diluted paint, has a more solid less vivid look you would get with the dye. But its still a fun process and I plan to finish it off with some other paint colors and stencils.|
|The shirts with dye are wrapped up in plastic and left over night to set.|
- Use gloves for the rinsing. The dye will be super concentrated.
- Hold over your bucket/tub and use a hose to gently rinse the color while your shirt is still wrapped up.
- Then carefully uncurl, unwrap, take off any rubber bands or cut zip ties.
- Rinse until water is nearly clear.
- Empty bucket/tub into thirsty (non-food) vegetation.
- Fill bucket/tub 1/4 way with water and use hand to swirl shirt in water like a washing machine until water drips clear from shirt. Hang until dry.
- If later when checking on hung shirts....you notice dye drips....you can do a cold water rinse-only in your washing machine and always hang dry before wearing.
|This red spiral painted shirt will also receive some stencil detail.|
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