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Tie Dye

GRZEXP Staff- Jyllian Skoda

Tie dye has been around since the 1960’s, and has become a popular summer activity. People love it because it’s such a fun and easy craft to do and there are many ways to do it. With over 25 different designs for tie dye, there is no going wrong.  As well as having over 50 color combinations, it’s easy to make beautiful pieces. 

First, dampen the pieces you want to tie dye. Making the pieces damp will allow the dye to stick better after it sits and is washed.

Next, plan out what you want to do. The dye in tie dye kits only lasts so long, so it’s better to plan ahead. Depending on the kit, the dye can last from 45 minutes to a couple of hours. So planning what designs and color combinations you want will really help. 

Then, mix up your dye. Depending on the kit, you may have to add water to a powder, or something similar. Different kits will have different types of dye, varying in opacity.  

This step is optional, but if you want some cool designs on your pieces, rubber band them. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, or don’t know how to rubber band a specific design, looking online may help. Websites like https://www.scarymommy.com/tie-dye-patterns/ and https://www.tiedyeyoursummer.com/techniques are useful.  

The most intriguing step, add the dye. Personally, this part is the most fun. I love to add the colors and watch them blend together. I’m using the JoyJoz tie dye kit off of Amazon, and it has worked well for me in the past. Tip: If you want lighter colors, add more water then the recommended amount. This will cause the colors to become watered down, (meaning the dye has more water than the recommended amount, so it changes the colors)  and creates lighter, more pastel colors. 

Lastly, once you finish adding the dye, let your pieces sit. It’s recommended to wait about 24 hours for deep, bold colors. But if you’re looking for a pastel and lighter look, let it sit for less. Some kits have specific times, for varying results.  Then rinse it out either in the shower, or in the washer. After you wash, you can let your pieces air dry, or you can put them in the dryer.

If you want more tie dyeing tips and tricks visit: https://news.rocketsofawesome.com/tie-dye-hacks/ 

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/tie-dye-techniques-36771155

https://www.ssww.com/blog/tricks-and-tips-for-tie-dying/

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