Friday, June 21, 2013

fashion friday- sharpie the-dye

The sharpie tie-dye technique has been around for a while and I thought it was time that I tried it out and put my spin on it! My goal- less tie-dye look and more pattern.

The supplies are simple- 
Some kind of bowl (could even use a variety of shapes and sizes)
rubbing alcohol
rubber bands
sharpie pens

1. I started by stretching my t-shirt over a small bowl and then wrapped a rubber band around it. 2.Then I started doodling- I used my "signature flower doodle" that I always use for creating simple floral pattern. 3.I added color to my doodle. 4.Then I dipped a brush in rubbing alcohol and lightly brushed it on the surface. Now is when the magic happens- the pigment in the sharpie begins to bleed all the way to the rubber band and your doodle is transformed! 5.The more alcohol you add the more the pigment will bleed.

Last, I removed the rubber band from the bowl and was left with a really unique and colorful design!

I filled half of my t-shirt with lots of doodles. I overlapped them and varied the size by using different sizes of bowls. The result a really funky and colorful t-shirt!



36 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Love it! This is way better than just the color blobs, having the illustrations really takes it up a notch!

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  2. Wow! I am so going to do this!! Thanks for posting!! I Love your shirts.

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  3. I love this! This looks like a great summer craft for my daughter and I. Can't wait to try it out.

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  4. I can't wait to try this...thanks for sharing the technique!

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  5. This is an awesome technique! I would LOVE to try this! My question for you is this: How does the shirt get laundered and should the designed be ironed over in order to be "set" on the fabric?? Thanks for sharing this again! Have a blessed day!

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  6. Love it, gonna try this one!

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  7. Oh I love it!!! I'm going to try this on my summer tank tops! Thank you for sharing...and Lucy looks very happy with her new shirt mommy made :)

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  8. Oh, love it! So cool!!!

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  9. Thanks for this..never knew a sharpie could work with fabric...I'm imagining it's hand wash cold, hang to dry (or lay flat?)

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  10. The effect from a distance looks lovely! Doesnt look handmade at all..you are so creative!

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  11. what a fantastic idea. This is a great project to get the kids involved in. I would love seeing what kinds of designs they come up with.

    Thanks!

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  12. Love this technique - so beautiful and Lucy looks adorable in her colourful shirt!

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  13. I love this!
    Have a great weekend!

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  14. love it but how do you clean it?
    laurie

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  15. LOVE this! definitely going to give it a try. :)

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  16. LOVE this! definitely going to give it a try. :)

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  17. I definitely need to try this! Very cool!!

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  19. oh wouawwwwwwwww...so fun and so nice...my question is how does it react to the landry??...how do you wash it??

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  20. I saw the pic of your baby girl, and thought, how FAST they grow! I can't wait to see more of her work. (:

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  21. Mary Schweitzer3:57 AM

    Brilliant!
    I used to do a project with my kids with coffee filters, washable markers and a spritz bottle of water that was similiar.
    I love your blog!

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  22. I love the idea, and thank you for your instructions! Have to try this.

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  23. Your shirt came out beautiful!! How fun to make your own, love it!! Little Lucy looks pretty cute in hers too!

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  26. Lovely project! I'm loving everything here on your blog! Your daughter looks so cute and sweet in the tie and dye!

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  28. That is adorable! And not as messy as normal tie dye, bonus!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  29. To set the colors add 1 Tbs salt to the wash. This always works. I wash all my new tie-dyes I purchase that way as while.

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  30. To set the colors add 1 Tbs salt to the wash. This always works. I wash all my new tie-dyes I purchase that way as well.

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  31. Thank you this post. Doing it today!!

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  32. Your shirt came out beautiful!! How fun to make your own, love it!!!!

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  33. This is an awesome technique! I would LOVE to try this! My question for you is this

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  34. Did this with my firsties in lieu of traditional tie-dye for our end-of-the-year zoo trip. THRILLED with the initial results but heartbroken after first laundering. Is there anyone out there WHO HAS ACTUALLY DONE THIS TECHNIQUE & then laundered it successfully? I laundered them as I have always laundered tie-dye and the colors faded and the t-shirts (white) ended up looking dingy and dirty. The kids voted to wear them anyway but it just killed me to have them looking so bad. Back to traditional tie-dye this year but hoping for a solution for the future : (

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  35. I have done this and put a spray of roses across a shirt. I have laundered it and had a problem with the color bleeding onto areas of the shirt that were not colored. It got on other clothes too. I ruined several shirts. Does anyone know a way to "set" these permanent markers in permanently?

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  36. Anonymous7:03 PM

    As I have replied, 1 tablespoon of salt in the load, cold water. I have never had it fail.

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