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Abstract Drip Dye Tee
Abstract Drip Dye Tee
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The Abstract Drip Dye Tee is an easy way to get a cool tie dye design without a lot of steps in the process of doing it. This method uses a one-step dye kit, which makes it faster than normal tie dyeing. Because you don't have to handle the dye, the abstract technique is easier for kids to use, similar to finger painting. You can lay the shirts out in the grass, start squirting the dye randomly on them, and soak up some summer sun. After, you can flip the shirts over and do it all over again!

Primary Technique: General Crafts

Occasion/Theme: Summer

Easy

Materials:

  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
  • Gildan white 100% cotton t-shirt
  • Plastic table covers/trash bags

Instructions:

  1. Part of the fun of this technique is you don't have to wet your fabric like you do with traditional techniques.  Simply lay the shirt on the ground or on a plastic surface cover if you want to catch the mess.




     
  2. OK, let's get this party started!  With your feet planted solidly right in front of your shirt, start squeezing and squirting on your dye up and down on the front of your shirt.  I promise, the more you do this, the better "hand" you'll get for it. The fun of tie dye is the randomness, so if you think you made a mistake, it will just add to the abstractness of the overall design!




     
  3. Continue going up and down over the right side of the shirt until you are hapy with your design!




     
  4. Now go up and down over the middle of the shirt with the yellow dye! Where the yellow dye meets the red dye, the color will blend to orange.




     
  5. Now add blue, your final dye color!  Loving the green it made when it touched the yellow! Finally, go back in and add any more dye you think needs to be filled in on the shirt!




     
  6. Place the shirt flat inside a trash bag and let it sit for 6-8 hours. After the dye is done setting, wash out all the dye until the water runs clear. Wash and dry the shirt by itself (only unless you are dyeing more tie dye items with it). 






     

 

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