Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

I’ve tie dyed before (I even did my instructional speech on it my Freshman year of high school), but I’ve never tried other dyeing techniques or mixing dye colors. I decided it’s time to give it a go.

Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

I’m not big on big box stores, but I’m excited to hit up the kid craft aisle when I go to Target every few months. I love Kid Made Modern products and, I’ll be honest, I love them for myself as well as for the kids! A few weeks ago I picked myself up some watercolors and watercolor paper to play with and added in a fabric dye kit on clearance. Impulse buy.

I decided to test out the dye kit on a few white onesies. I was planning on altering these when Jonas was a baby (I have more plans that time, always). I also wanted to see how it took to paper. It went pretty well, though I’ve learned a few things for next time.

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I had a lot of fun mixing the colors based on the chart in the kit. I mixed a dark blue-green and yellow with a bit of orange for the first dip-dyed onsie. I tried dip dyeing on a scrap of white cardstock too.

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Eliza added rubber bands to hers. Jonas just liked stirring the dye with popsicle sticks.

Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

Eliza choose to do a red-purple for her onsie. We were going to try to leave some white on it, but her rubber bands weren’t on tight enough. So, instead, we used a foam brush to lightly add the blue/green ink over the wrinkles in the fabric. The result kind of looks like a Rorschach test to me, which is cool.

Jonas dumped in some extra colors to the water, so we decided to roll with it and dye the last onsie solid red-brown. We might do something extra to that one, like add embroidery or stamp a pattern.

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The colors were very vivid as we lay them out to air dry before we could ink set the dye. This is where I think I started to go wrong; I should have let them air dry a bit more before sending them to heat set in the drier.

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In the drier, the green bled into the yellow, which makes the top look dirty to me. But far away, it just looks like an ombre effect. I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it as much as I did pre-mistake.

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I really love how the dip dyed paper turned out. I’m going to frame it, I think. You wet media lovers: any tips for de-wrinkling paper? I’m thinking about just leaving it under a few heavy books for a few days.

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Next up: trying natural dyes, dyeing yarn, and dip-dyeing everything.

Adventures in Dye | The Nerd Nest

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 9 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art.