Tie Dying TeeShirts
Session 2 – wearable art, in other words, TIE DYE! Nothing says summer quite like tie dying tee shirt. The campers got wet, messy and everyone had tons of fun, all in the name of art. Here are some sample tees.
To make this shirt, the camper rolled the shirt in a spiral, secured it with rubber bands, and used the colors red and yellow dyes. The colors blended together to make orange.
For this shirt, the camper chose a bullseye pattern and used all available dyes.
Important tips when tye dyeing…
- Soak shirt first
- Make sure you have plenty of rubber bands
- Remove shirt from water and ring out excess water. Tightly coil shirt according to pattern choice and secure with rubber bands.
- Use freshly made dye – the dye will loss it’s affectiveness after 45 miniatures or an hour.
- For bright colors use less dye, for pastel colors use more water.
- When applying dye to the shirt, start at one section then move to the next. For best intensity, make sure to completely saturate the teeshirt. Don’t worry there will still be white spots if you saturate it.
- When you finish, place each shirt in its own ziplock bag, for 45 minutes to an hour. This will allow the dyes set in and not fade as fast.
- Rinse each shirt with clean water. If water is not clear, the color in the bucket will dye the undyed “white” parts.