Sunday, July 8, 2012
Sharpie, Alcohol "Tie Dye"
As I was surfing the Internet looking for tie dye ideas, I came across this post that uses Sharpie permanent markers and isopropyl alcohol. It looked so neat, that I had to try it!
All you need is a T-shirt, cup, rubber band, strong (I used 91%) isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, and sharpie markers. I tried out 50% alcohol at first, and it didn't work nearly as well. There's no gloves, no tub, and no dye solutions involved!
The alcohol "dissolves" the Sharpie dye and causes it to migrate through the T-shirt. It reminds me of the thin layer chromatography that I used to do in the hospital lab! Very very cool!!
Once the T-shirt is done, you need to heat fix it. The site I looked at recommended letting the alcohol dry first, then throwing into a hot dryer, but ours is gas, and this just didn't seem prudent, as it seemed to be a fire potential, so I just ironed it with a hot iron. It's in the wash right now, so I'll have to let you know how color-fast it is.
The only downside of this technique is that it creates some strong fumes, and should be done in a well ventilated room, or outside. I was mesmerized by it and used an old T-shirt to practice how different colors and patterns would work out. So much fun! I have all sorts of ideas now on how to make a neat T-shirt.