Saturday, 12 October 2013
A good friend of mine held an African dinner party this week as she had recently got back from staying there a while. The food was brilliant, but my favourite part was the main feature of the night; Tie Dying! I'd come prepared with a double bed set, 4 t-shirts (one for me, two for Matt and one for my youngest brother), plus enough socks to go around the guests.
We'd also done tie dye with the kids at work this week during our fashion and textiles class which went down really well and they made some great stuff. I love how with a project like this it's not just the items changing colour, but the whole event seems to make everyone feel good.
At the dinner party it got extremely messy, we had leakages, confusion, and some mild nudity. On reflection I would advice to leave the drinking until after the tie dye.
Another one that we did at work with the kids this week. This is another project good for getting a small group of people involved, and also great for experimenting with colours.
We used marbling dye and blotting paper but it would be great to try using different papers or adding glitter.
One thing we tried was drawing simple shapes with sticky tape, then peeling it off once the dye had dried as you can see here with the crucifix.
I'm really loving combinations of blue, pink, purple and green at the moment.
I found a cool D.I.Y sticker idea on Rookie and thought I'd give it a go myself, as I might do this with the kids at work. It's so easy and really addictive!
1. Cut out pictures from a magazine or posters that you want as a sticker.
3. Run this under a warm tap until you feel the paper absorbing the water.
4. Rub the damp paper so that it peels away, leaving the ink from the image on the tape.
5. The tape will regain its stickiness as it begins to dry. Cut around the image on the tape, but leaving about half a centimetre of tape without ink on around it, as this is the stickier part.