Art comes in more forms than paintings, drawings, songs, dances, and the like. Art can also consist of a simple product that comes from a creative activity. For example, knitting a sweater is creating a piece of art. After all, the knitter created the article of clothing; this act of creating makes him or her an artist. Another fun and easy way to create art is by tie dying.
How exactly does one tie dye an article of clothing, an old cotton t-shirt for example? That’s the question that this Segmation blog post answers. To be honest, tie dying is a lot easier than what you probably believe it to be. The first step in tie dying a shirt is simply preparing your materials. To tie dye a t-shirt, you will need:
— A cotton t-shirt
— A tie dye kit from a craft store (this kit will include the dyes, rubber bands, rubber gloves, urea, soda ash, and directions)
After you have set up a station to tie dye your t-shirt and prepare your materials, you are ready to begin creating your piece of art! You will begin by soaking your t-shirt in lukewarm water that has been treated with soda ash and 2 spoonfuls of salt for 10 minutes or so. After that, ring out your t-shirt well.
The next step will be to lay the t-shirt out flat. You will then create a “pie shape” in your t-shirt and tie it with rubber bands (please see http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-tie-dye-an-old-white-shirt-or-a-new-shirt-/?ALLSTEPS to thoroughly learn techniques that will help you achieve the look you want).
To dye and finish your t-shirt, follow the dying instructions that came with your tie dye kit. In just a few hours you will have a beautiful tie dyed t-shirt that is summer-ready!
Are you an “everyday” artist who creates beautiful meals, welcoming rooms, scrapbooks, or tie dyed items? If yes, feel free to tell us about your artistic passion in the “comments” section below. Segmation would love to know how you make the world a better place through creating different types of art!
Note: Top image was found at http://blog.woodalls.com/2010/09/oregon-state-fair/tie-dye/.
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How fun— brought back memories from doing this in the 60’s & 70’s!!!! 🙂
The 60’s & 70’s were awesome, right?
My daughter created several shirts several months ago all tie dyed and they were work of art! She is 22!
Excellent post 🙂
How funny you mentioned this point as my daughter is 19 and also loves to do this! Go daughters!