How to Tie Dye using Sharpies & Rubbing Alcohol
Tie Dyed T-Shirts
My son came home from church last night and told me that he needs to wear a tie dyed tshirts to club in a few weeks. I thought about it and realized the quickly growing child did not currently own a tie dyed shirt in his size. Today was teacher in-service day and we decided to tackle the project today. I was almost on my way out the door when I remember that a bunch of my teacher friends have been having social hour while sharpie tie dying, I was sad to miss these get together and realized if a bunch of drinking teachers can do it than it must not be that hard and I should be able to figure it out. Although I have to admit that my 5 year is much better at creating designs than I am.
- Something to tie dye
- rubbing alcohol
- sharpies of various colors
- a straw or eye droppe
- vinegar to wash and set color
Now I could have gone to the store and bought real tie dye material but I had these all in my house so here we go.
Setting it up
I picked out a t-shirt from the undershirts my kids wear to bed and set it out. I did place a plastic bag in the middle of the shirt so front didn't bleed onto the back of the shirt.
I then took the rubber band and placed it around a prep bowl to give my son a circular are to color. I gave him the sharpies and let him go with the color. Notice I did not give him any brown, black, or pink. Pink simply because he is a boy and his whole shirt would have been pink because he knows I love pink. The colors colors because they would dominate over the whole area.
I didn't have an eye dropper so I use a straw as an eye dropper and he dropped dots of rubbing alcohol onto the design to make it spread.
I gave him two area to work on at a time so one could dry while he worked on the other. Then I moved the bowl and rubber band to a new area for him to start. My designs did not work very well, I thought I was being creative but it need much more coloring, hence my 5 years olds area look a thousand times better than mine.
Set the color
When you are done soak the t-shirt or item in a solution that comprises of 1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water. Dry the T-shirt separately in the dryer to completely set the color.
Please get fancy then us. I have a friend who is an art teacher and she makes beautiful shirts that she can actually wear on a daily basis because they are gorgeous. Get creative, get inspiration, and please use this to make something in your wardrobe beautiful.
I did notice that the blue didn't do what it was supposed to - all of the markers I used were either sharpie or bic brand except the blue, it was a TUL fine permanent marker and apparently it didn't work.