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« on: June 03, 2009 12:22:57 PM »

Hello lovely helpful Craftsters!

I've searched all over the internet for this, but couldn't find it, so maybe you can help.

I am planning an event at my school and we want to have a tie dye area with shirts for the event. We came up with the idea of making white shirts with a white screen print. But we aren't sure if dye will stick to the screen print or not. Does anyone happen to know?

Thanks so much in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009 07:36:58 PM »

It depends on the type of paint/dye your print is made of. In my experience: if the existing print on the shirt is sort of rubbery/stiff feeling, tie-dye dye won't stick to it. It will absorb into the fabric from the back so the print may have a slight tint to it, but it will be clearly visible. If the print is soft and doesn't sit on the surface of the fabric, but is instead a color in the fiber (if that makes sense), then it will dye just like any other part of the shirt.
My school has tie dyed commercially printed shirts (ones where the print feels rubbery/slightly stiff) for events a number of times and the print is always clearly visible.
hope that helps! good luck!
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