Friday, February 22, 2008

Tye-Dye Friday!

In high school, we used to have Tye-Dye Fridays, where everyone would dress very casual usually with something tye-dyed. I figured I would celebrate this on my new blog, every Friday I hope to showcase some sort of tye-dying technique, from copics to brayering.

Above is our finished project :)


Step One: Gather a bunch of Bright colors. These tend to dye the best because of their darker ink. Also choose a fun stamp that is wide and not very intricate.


Step Two and Three: Dot your image with all of the different color markers, vary how much space is in between the various spots of color for a more uneven look. Take you 0 colorless blender and really push against the coloring in a circular motion. Immediately, you should see the color dispersal. You can continue to push againest the paper for as long as you want to get your desired affect.


This is what your image should now look like. Notice the holes in color...


Step Four: Choose lighter variants of the aforementioned colors.

Step Five: Fill in the color gaps with these markers.


Step Six: Repeat the pushing with the 0 Colorless Blender until your desired effect is achieved.


Completed! This is not a perfectly neat technique. The color will tend to bleed out of the lines. There are a few solutions to this, outline in a darker color (i.e. where I put light purple you could put dark purple or blue), cut your tye-dye image out and paper piece or you could even leave it as it highlights the funky effect. Again, my theory with art is that your neatness level should reflect your piece. For this flower I wanted it to be funky so even my cut out of the circle is a little off the center :)

Hope you enjoyed it!

10 comments:

Meredith said...

Ok, that is just way too cool!!!! I would have NEVER thought to do that!!! Thanks for giving me a great new "out of the box" idea :)

Linda Elbourne said...

Enjoy it - I loved every minute of it sister! And the result is fab!

Godelieve said...

Fantastic step by step photos! Love the result!

katiesniche said...

What a cool technique! Great job with the tutorial as well!!

Maureen Wong said...

What a cool technique!! I can't wait to get my Copics so I can try it! TFS!

Catherine said...

very cool! just found your blog..i'll definitely come back for more =)

ladybug-spots said...

Wow...you are very creative. I love the "off-ness" of the cut and color...thats what makes art unique!

Susan (rainy) said...

This is fabulous! Love the tye-dye effect with the copics.

Diane D. said...

Great tutorial - thanks for sharing it!

Jody said...

Very cool technique! TFS!