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How to Tie Dye with a Spray Bottle

Learn how to tie dye with a spray bottle in this Howcast video.


Another variation on dyeing with squeeze bottles is by using a spray bottle instead, and you can get these really cool diverse effects. So once again, you start with your fabric wet, and you'll soak it into the dye activator solution, which is a solution made with water and washing soda. So I'm going to to soak my fabric for about 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime I'm going to show you how the spray bottle will work. I just put a spray top on to a normal spray bottle. You can even reuse the spray tops from cleaning products and just use that as your spray bottle. Pretty much you're going to be spraying it directly into the fabric like I'm doing into this paper towel and you see how you get this sprayed look. You can use different colors and you'll have all these tiny dots and you get really cool effects.

So I'm going to take my fabric out of the soaking solution, wringing it well so it's not soaking when I put on the table. Spread it out and I'll just... One thing you want to avoid that I'm actually doing here. You see these big blobs, these are where my squeeze bottle dripped, so it's always a good idea to use a piece of paper towel right underneath where the spray top is to avoid these big drips. Because all you're trying to get here is these small dotted surfaces that appear in these lighter areas, although the big blobs kind of look cool, too.

Okay, it's working much better, so I'm done with my black. Maybe I'll try some other color now. So I'm just going to move this into a different color. I'm going to spray it a couple of times into the paper towel, just to clean it. If you're doing this at home, it would probably be a good idea to have different tops for different colors. Okay, it's coming out blue, so I'm going to spray some blue. As you see, you can get these kind of graffiti-sprayed look that's very nice. To set it, once again, you would just cover it with a plastic bag and let it cure for 4 to 24 hours. And this is how you dye with a spray bottle using fiber reactive dyes.

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