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“Sharpie Tie Dye” is a cool and easy idea that really works
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Title – Quick & Easy Tie-Dye
By – Mary Jo Bell
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 4-8
- White or light-colored cotton or cotton-blend t-shirt
- Sharpie markers
- Rubber bands
- Rubbing alcohol
- Eye dropper or syringe
- Twist small areas of the shirt and wrap with a rubber band a few times. I suggest you do the front of the shirt first and stretch it over a baking pan or other shallow pan — otherwise the color runs onto the back of the shirt.
- Use Sharpie markers to add little dots and dabs of color on the little twisted areas. (A little color goes a LONG way!) Best colors are with related colors… see below.
- In a well-ventilated area, add drops of alcohol onto the twisted marker area. The alcohol makes the dye in the marker run together. As soon as the colors have blended together — within a few minutes, take off the rubber bands. Leave the back and front of the shirts separated with the pan until they dry.
- Put the shirt in the dryer for 15 minutes on hot to heat set the color and it’s ready to wear!
Color Combinations that go well together:
| Reds , oranges , yellows and pinks
Browns , greens , and oranges
Blues , greens , and purples
Blues , reds , and purples
Resource: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/sharpiepenscience Science Note:
- This is a good demonstration of solubility and the movement of molecules. Every mother can tell you that Sharpie ink is permanent – those molecules do not dissolve in water — but they are soluble in the rubbing alcohol that carries the ink colors with it as it spreads across the shirt.
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