Tie Dye Frame

November 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm 1 comment

GRASONVILLE, MDSunday night – I love the look of tie dye but you mainly think of it for fabric!  I had the chance a few days ago to check out the new Tulip Fabric Dye ebook at FaveCrafts.com so when I opened my IAH-223TieDyeKitTulip Dye Techniques Kit I wondered what I would create!

This kit has three fabulous dye colors – lime, fuchsia & turquoise – but I was feeling in more of a pastel mood. So, I mixed the dyes according to the package instructions and then grabbed some small empty spray bottles and diluted the colors.

IAH-223-Dyed-TowelsThe first thing I grabbed to “dye” were some of the plaster pieces that I had on my design table. I know, I know, why would I try to tie dye plaster? Well, it was the first thing I could put my hands on (and I plan to play with this technique more in the future). I had made a plaster shape from the plastic packaging that held acrylic paint pots so it made for a fun and unique shape.  The dyes worked great – I got a nice pastel colored finish.

But, it wasn’t until I grabbed my paper towels to wipe up the overspray that my creative idea started to rock and roll!  I LOVED the effect of the tie dye on the paper towels so I grabbed more and started spraying them. You can scrunch and fold and twist and turn them – the same way that you would fabric.  Then I wondered what to do with them!IAH-223-Dye-Side

Aha! Decoupage! That was it! I would decoupage my paper towels on a frame for my “INSPIRE” plaque!

I didn’t even let my paper towels dry completely before I decoupaged them. I knew the color was set and they were just slightly damp and I figured they would get wet with the decoupage anyhow. . .  so I just cut them to size for the frame and applied a coat of decoupage medium to the frame and placed the paper towel pieces into the glue (I used both layers of the paper towels and by the way, I didn’t even base coat the plain wood frame. If you want your tie dye look to be even brighter, you would want to base coat the wood frame with white acrylic and let it dry completely before decoupaging.)

With a soft brush stroke, I then applied a coat of decoupage over the napkin until the entire frame was tie dyed! I overstamped my dyed plaster piece with the letters I-N-S-P-I-R-E and stars and painted the inset black.


So, there you have it! My tie dyed frame. >>Tiffany

Be sure to check out all the Fabric Dye ideas in Tulip’s cool ebook which features 28 free fabric dye craft projects organized by 18 different dye techniques, with step-by-step photo instructions. Not only does the eBook include a great variety of stylish clothing craft projects for all ages, but you will also find home decorating projects, accessories and holiday projects too! Click here!


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