Color Me Awesome

About 5 years ago, I fell in love with tie-dying. I spent an entire summer slowly testing out different ways to mix colors, fold, and tie (or rubber band). It has since become one of my favorite hobbies. It’s so empowering to take something blank and make it beautiful. It’s also strangely calming. I broke out my tie-dye supplies on Saturday for the first time this summer.

Tie-Dye has to sit for 24 hours before you can wash it out and find out what it looks like.

Tie-Dye has to sit for 24 hours before you can wash it out and find out what it looks like.

The finished product is always a slight surprise. These items were from the same batch, but the bibs turned out much brighter than the t-shirt.

The finished product is always a slight surprise. These items were from the same batch, but the bibs turned out much brighter than the t-shirt.

When Sunday morning rolled around (and I was still waiting to see how my first batch turned out!) I was still in full-on Rainbow Brite mode. It occurred to me that I could try to combine a classic tie-dye pattern (the spiral) into a different dying technique (sun-sensitive dye). Sun-sensitive dye reminds me of a Polaroid picture: you paint the dye onto fabric in a dark room, then bring your canvass (whatever that canvass may be) into natural sunlight. The colors develop right before your eyes! I thought it would be fun to make a time-lapsed video of my project. I used Ok Go‘s “Upside Down & Inside Out” because the song just seemed to fit perfectly. Also, it was a great excuse to listen to the song over and over again! I’m having a little trouble uploading the video to this platform, but here’s a link so you can witness sun dying in all its glory!

My finished sun-dyed t-shirt [View from the Back].

My finished sun-dyed t-shirt [View from the Back].

My finished sun-dyed t-shirt [View from the Front].

My finished sun-dyed t-shirt [View from the Front].

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