With the frost on the pumpkins, this dyeing season has closed at my house. However, there are still ways to color fabric even with the dye buckets packed away. The easiest, hands down, is to use tissue paper.
You may remember this craft from grade school. With some fabric, some brightly colored tissue paper that will bleed (we used Spectra brand,) and some water you can watch boring white fabric become a rainbow of colors.
Here are some of the effects my friend got.
The good points about this technique: easy, little mess; good to do with children; it can be used on silk; layered papers produce new colors. The bad points: the fabric can’t be washed without losing most of the color; the colors may fade with time; the effects are smudgy.
If you’re interested, we followed a tutorial at Dharma Trading, plus we checked out other online resources. We did add vinegar to the water spray and found it helped to spray the fabric before adding the paper.