Tie n dye t-shirt: Tutorial

Cub wanted to tie n dye a tee shirt for herself but I was a bit skeptical for her to use traditional methods which use boiling of dyes. Hence, we both tried tie n dye with acrylic paints.

Materials used:

  1. White (or any light shaded) tee shirt
  2. Acrylic paints, brush and palette
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Water (to dip the t-shirt initially and also for the paints and brush)
  5. Water tumbler
  6. Old plastic sheet to cover the working space


First dip the tee shirt into the water and wring it dry. This will help in gripping the paints when applied. Once done, lay it flat on the plastic sheet that you have used to cover the working space. Now, pinch the t-shirt with from the center and swirl it as shown in the picture no. 2.Β  Complete the swirl and it will look like a flat pan cake (picture no. 3). Now, apply rubber bands to hold this swirl in place (Picture no. 4). Also, these rubber bands would not allow the colour to be taken on the fabricΒ  (i.e. it will resist the colour). once done, apply acrylic colours (a little runny so that it will be soaked up by the fabric). Use whichever shades you like, we have used the primary colours. Once done, let the pan-cake to dry for a few hours. Remove the rubber band and see how the pattern has come out.

And this is how it turned out. πŸ™‚ More brighter colours would have been better, I guess. But cub was happy with even this. πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Ciao till the next post. Take care and be safe πŸ™‚




17 thoughts on “Tie n dye t-shirt: Tutorial

  1. awesome awesome πŸ™‚ i was lucky to witness this LIVE! πŸ˜€ but i don’t remember if you coloured on the back of the pancake too..

    also, how do you avoid colouring the back of the tshirt? by not colouring the back of the pancake?

    • Hee hee.. it was fun to do it together πŸ™‚ And yes, the whole pan cake has to be coloured and not just the front because both the layers of the t-shirt are in the swirl, even if you don’t paint the back some colour may anyway seep it and it will not look good at all.

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  3. I am still wondering how it came out like a pattern like that… Was also thinking if single colour would have good as well? Anyways, nice efforts… Looks like someone knows a lot of tricks in crafts πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

  4. Wow, tie&dye with acrylic! thats new for me. Namnam is quite crafty while I dont have a single crafty bone in me :(. I’m going to show this to her and her dad and I’m sure they are going to love trying it out. Thanks Sakhi πŸ™‚

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