Painting Tie Dye Technique


Painting Tie Dye Technique

Learn how to paint tie dye for a new twist on an old classic.

Painting Tie Dye Technique
Painting Tie Dye Technique

Use tie-dye to paint shapes onto shirts or other fabrics. Paint flowers on a plain white tee. This step-by-step photo tutorial from I Love to Create makes the painting tie-dye technique easy.

Before beginning any tie-dye technique or project, read the instructions for the Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye or Tulip Permanent Fabric Dye.  Refer back to them for standard steps.
Find project instructions for the Painted Flower Tie-Dye Shirt here.

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Time to CompleteWeekend project

Main MaterialFabric

Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeLearn a Technique


Create Pattern

  1. Before beginning, read the Tie-Dye how-to instructions and refer back to them for standard steps.

  2. Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

  3. Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth.

  4. Using black felt pen, freehand flower pattern on scratch paper, flipping over for a reverse pattern for one flower.

Pour Dye on Plate

  1. Place shirt on work surface and smooth flat. Cover pattern with plastic wrap, taping excess to back. Insert pattern into shirt and position in place. Pattern will show through shirt.

  2. Wearing gloves from kit, fill each dye bottle with water. Shake until thoroughly mixed.

  3. Squeeze a small amount of Fuchsia and Yellow Dye on foam plate.

Apply Dye to Shirt

  1. Wet and dry brush with paper towel. Dip brush in Dye then press onto shirt design. Dye will spread on fibers. Paint dye to about ¼” from edge and let spread to line. If more dye is needed, add paint at center again and let spread. Clean brush and plate.

  2. Mix a small amount of Yellow Dye with Fuchsia to create an orange color. Fill in petals of lower flower with this mixture. Clean brush and plate.

Finish Painting Design

  1. Add Yellow centers to each flower then Lime stems and leaves.

  2. Cover fabric with plastic wrap or garbage bag. Let set 4 to 6 hours. Fill washer to large load settingwith hottest water suitable for fabric and a small amount of non-bleach laundry detergent. Wash and dry separately.

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