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Topic: dying tissue paper (with tute and lots of pics)  (Read 6528 times)
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« on: September 16, 2009 10:59:35 AM »

I was dying white tissue paper all different colors. (my mom: "Why not just buy colored tissue paper?" me: "That would be lame!") It's super easy. You need:
white tissue paper
sprayable dye (the felt from a felt-tip marker soaked in water, extra-strenth Kool-Aid without sugar, food coloring in water...)
a spray bottle
an eco-friendly solar- and wind-powered garment dryer (aka clothesline)

Double the tissue paper over the clothesline. It has a smooth, shiny side and a softer side. Hang it with the soft side out. Spray it on both sides with the dye. It will soak through a little and stick the two sides together so it doesn't blow away. Let it dry, and add as many more coats as you like. It's better to do more coats and not have it as wet each time. Wet tissue is terribly tearable. When it's dark enough and totally dry, peel the two layers apart. It helps if you can slide one hand flat in between them and sort of slide it around, rather than pulling. The ones I did:

From top to bottom: black cherry Kool-Aid; grape Kool-aid; green marker ripped apart and soaked

If you pleat it before you hang and spray it...

...it's striped when you unfold it:

This one I crumpled up and unfolded first, but it didn't really make a difference:

Blotchy/variegated by spraying different colors:

For this one, I held one hand against it, sprayed, and held the other hand, spraying the with the first hand:

I also stained my hands, lol: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321247.msg3703413#msg3703413

This is only my second tutorial, so let me know if anything isn't clear.

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009 05:27:05 PM »

I like the one with your handprints  Smiley it's a great idea to color your own tissue paper

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009 06:47:33 AM »

The colors are so vibrant.  Much better than what you buy.  And a great tutorial as well.  Nice work.

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