Sharpies + Rubbing Alcohol + T-shirt = Cool, fun designs!
As soon as I heart about making tie dye with Sharpies, I had to dig a shirt out of my closet to try it! I put a plastic cookie sheet inside the shirt, and told Heather to draw me a design. We experimented with various pattern types. We used Hot Pink, Blue, Yellow and Green.
- Draw a design on the shirt with various Sharpie colors. Note: Don't overlap too many colors or it will turn brownish. Experiment with various shapes, line thicknesses, etc.
- Add rubbing alcohol and watch colors run together. With the first one, we used a small dropper (very tedious!) On the later ones, I got a 97 cent spray bottle from Wal-Mart. (Note: Clearly label! You don't want to spray your kids' hair with alcohol tomorrow morning!)
- Let it dry completely.
- Throw it in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set.
- Wash shirt before wearing.
Closeup of area with shapes. Lines stayed dark.
My favorite ones were the graduated shapes (like this heart) made with dots instead of thick lines.
Heather's 2nd design. She was disappointed that it looked "tie dyed". I told her that is what it was supposed to do! I love this one!
My co-worker decided to try one. (Note: "Los Pasitos" is the name of the early intervention agency we work for. Los Pasitos means "baby steps".)
I decided to try and see if I could do this a dark shirt. The shirt is actually turquoise (like in the bottom picture!) I did about 8 layers of nesting hearts. (I'm not sure why the "before" picture is such a different color?!?!?!)