arts

Get groovy in quarantine with tie-dye



2020-05-27-deryn-tiedye-14

Tie-dyed shirts lay in the grass May 27. After staining for six to eight hours, the shirts were washed in warm water separately and left in the sun to dry. Alex Deryn

Time-travel backward to the 1970’s, where people in psychotropic outfits filled the streets, Stevie Nicks blasted out of windows and the coronavirus was unheard of.

Coronavirus outbreaks call for stay-at-home activities. Tie-dye is making a huge comeback, driven by nostalgia for simpler times, according to British Vogue

Spending time at home is the perfect opportunity to let imagination run wild with creativity. People get to use their hands and be artistic in their backyards. 

Spiking temperatures call for Hoosiers to play in the sun. Tie-dying outside is a groovy activity for everyone in the family to take part in. 

All you need is a pair of disposable gloves, empty bottles, dying powders, elastic bands and white T-shirts.

Water sprays into a bottle May 25. Water must be mixed with colored powder in order to tie-dye cloth. Alex Deryn

Step 1: Mix the dye!

Tie-dye kits often come with colored powder. The more powder added to an empty bottle, the higher the saturation of any given color will be. Empty the colored powder into a bottle and fill the rest of it with water. 

12-year-old Joesph Doty throws a bottle filled with dye in the air May 25. Colored powder needs to be mixed with water in a bottle to properly tie-dye. Alex Deryn

Step 2: Shake it up!

Put on a pair of disposable gloves and shake the bottle until the powder is completely dissolved.

Junior Jackson Doty wraps a T-shirt with elastic bands May 25. Elastic bands help create designs and different shapes in cloth for different patterns on cloth while tie-dying. Alex Deryn

Step 3: Wrap it up!

Decorate a T-shirt with elastic bands by wrapping it around the shirt in different ways. The tie-dye effect is shaped by the bands. Different designs and patterns emerge with spirals, stripes and spots. 

Tie-dye water is sprayed on a T-shirt May 25. Junior Jackson Doty tie-dyed T-shirts to pass the time in quarantine. Alex Deryn

Step 4: Add dye!

Squeeze the bottles filled with different colors of dye onto a blank T-shirt. The more dye added, the more vibrant the colors will appear. 

Tie-dyed T-shirts lay in a pile in the sun May 25. Tie-dyed cloth needs to be wrapped in plastic for six to eight hours before being washed. Alex Deryn

Step 5: Wrap, wait and wash!

Bind the T-shirt in plastic saran wrap. Wait six to eight hours for the dye to stain the shirt. Wash the shirt in warm water and then dry. 

After following these instructions, you should be able to create a lasting piece of fashion during these seemingly strange times.

Like what you're reading? Support independent, award-winning college journalism on this site. Donate here.

More in Arts



Comments powered by Disqus