Hi , I'm Laurie and I love to create studios with the I Never Dies .
And today we're going to play with some tie dye .
Halloween is right around the corner and it inspired me to create a school tie .
And I'm going to show you how to do that today as well as give you some helpful hints and tips that will help you get a great tie dye result every time , first thing we're going to do is get our shirt ready .
This is a shirt that I've already washed and left damp .
And so first we're going to fold it lengthwise .
You want to make sure you get all the wrinkles out .
You want a nice smooth fold right down the center .
Now we have our shirt folded lengthwise down the center .
I have my skull pattern .
When you're tying a pattern like this , you want to kind of exaggerate your curves .
So here I've made a very defined curve and a very defined line and that just helps you to get a more finished look when you're done .
So we fold it in half and we place it right along that center line and then we're going to use a washable marker to outline our design .
I like using a washable marker better than chalk because the chalk tends to , it can sometimes blur or , or get washed away .
And this way you have a nice clean line .
So we just trace right around our skull and then his eye is gonna be right there .
So we draw that in and half of his nose and a little line to let you know where his mouth is going to be for most of the tie dye work that I do .
I use zip ties .
That's just a personal preference .
You can use rubber bands , you can use sine , whatever works best for you for this particular tie .
I use a combination of rubber bands and zip ties because some of the things that we're going to be tying up are small and delicate and so need a smaller rubber band .
So first thing we're going to do , we're just gonna pleat his nose and you just plead it and little small pleats till your line is a straight line and tie it off with a small rubber band .
Take your time on these steps .
This is the most important part of your design .
So take your time and really try to get those lines , those pleaded out straight .
Next , we're gonna do his eye .
It's kind of a modified bull's eye .
We're just going to pull it all up into a tube shape like that .
And again , trying to keep the line as straight , all the way around as possible .
You can see that I've got it fairly straight and tie up with another small rubber band .
So now you have his eye and his nose tied off .
So we're gonna go ahead and do the outline and it's the same technique .
We're just going to pleat the fabric into a straight line , twisting it as you need .
It helps to do your pleating with one hand underneath the T shirt .
So that way you be sure and get all of the fabric into the pleat .
And as you can see here , I have my skull shape in a straight line for this .
I'm going to use a zip tie and there's our skull face .
I prefer to do my dying on a baking rack .
It helps to keep the dyes from pooling and muddying up your shirt , the colors mixed together and sometimes the result isn't as clean and as nice as you would like .
So by dying your shirt on a rack , it helps to get rid of all the excess dyes .
So it doesn't end up on a new project .
We're just going to arrange this .
Now , there's his mouth right there .
This , we're not going to tie , we're just going to kind of pinch it up again , making sure you have both thicknesses of the fabric with the line on top like that .
You always want to wear gloves when you tie dye because although tie dye looks really good on the shirt , it doesn't look so great on your hands today .
I'm using two colors .
We're going to use purple and black .
All right , let's do some tie dye in .
You want to make sure your dyes are mixed .
Well , when you shake them , be sure to put your finger over the cap .
I like to use a paper towel over the lid of the bottle when I open it just to avoid any overspray .
This is our black dye and we're going to dye our face .
Now , we want to make sure that the eye is up nice and tall .
So you only get the dye on that area , same thing with the mouth portion and his nose as well .
So we're just gonna slowly and carefully apply a little black dye , make sure that I nice and saturated and then just a little bit here for the nose .
How nice the dye just runs right off cools down below and it's not going to muddy up our shirt .
Now for his mouth , we're just going to apply a few dots of color right along that line .
I want him to be outlined so that you see the outline of the face .
So I'm going to go ahead and continue with my black tie outside of the zip tie .
I've left a small amount of white along that zip tie because the dye will want to bleed over and I want to keep a nice clean border .
So we'll just apply as much die as we like .
I'm going to accent my design now with purple dye , if you wanted to , you could also add consecutive zip ties outside this first one and you would get consecutive skull shapes .
But for this one , we'll just have our one skull guy .
So now that we've got our shirt dyed and the colors and patterns that we want , we're going to wrap it in plastic and allow it to sit 6 to 8 hours or overnight .
Today , we just use the two colors , but we have an endless variety of dye colors that you could use to really personalize this shirt and make it your own .
You're on your way to some fun Halloween times and I'm Laurie and I love to create studios and Diy never dive .