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6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color

By now, if you follow us, you might be pretty familiar with a lot of the classic ways to tie dye. Here at Tulip, we LOVE tie dye. And while dyeing projects is ALWAYS fun in our opinion, sometimes even WE want to change it up and try something different (still with tie dye, of course). So if you're like us and looking for new ways to tie dye your stuff, read on!

Right now we're into using spray-on color like Tulip ColorShot Instant Fabric Color and the Tulip One-Step Spray Dye Kit to tie dye; with sprays, you still get tie-dye vibes, but with different, super cool effects. Check out our video tutorial and this colorful roundup of ideas, and get inspired to experience a whole new way to tie dye! 

What you need:

Tulip ColorShot Instant Fabric Color

Tulip One-Step Spray Dye Kit

- White 100% cotton T-shirt

- Iron (optional)

- Disposable plastic surface cover


6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - fabric spray paint diagonal pleats

This tie-dye effects shirt was created using ColorShot Instant Fabric Color - a permanent, ultra vibrant spray paint for fabric. One of the many cool qualities ColorShot has is that you can blend colors on fabric like you see here. Tip: If you're going for a rainbow of colors on one project, make sure you pair colors next to each other that blend nicely. To get this look, diagonally pleat your dry fabric (it doesn't have to be perfect or even) and press a hot iron along the pleats to help hold everything in place while you spray. Then prep and spray on your paints (matching front and back), following the instructions that come with your ColorShot Fabric Sprays. How easy is that?

6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - fabric spray paint crumple

Wanna get a little crazy with your tie-dye look? This awesomely abstract crumple pattern couldn't be easier to create with ColorShot! Scrunch a dry T-shirt into one big mound (seriously), and press the crumpled fabric with a hot iron to help define the folds and hold everything in place while you spray. Spray on ColorShot Fabric Sprays in diagonals or any patterns you like, then flip the shirt over and repeat. Bold color in a one-of-a-kind pattern. Yes please!

6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - ombre spray dye

Let's change things up for a sec with Tulip One-Step Spray Dye. How amazing is this rainbow ombre tie-dye pattern? Creating this same look is super easy; mix up the dyes in the included spray bottles (just add water), then spray stripes of color along a damp T-shirt. Repeat on the backside. You can go with this same horizontal stripes pattern, make them vertical or diagonal ... experiment and make it your own!

6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - fabric spray rainbow swirl

Is your brain swirling with tie-dye ideas yet? How about now after seeing this cool fabric spray swirl shirt created with ColorShot? To get this look, lay a dry shirt out flat on your work surface, then pinch it in the center and twist it around into a spiral shape. Press it with a hot iron for those ultra-defined creases, then spray on your favorite ColorShot colors in any pattern you like. Flip over and repeat on the backside, and you have yourself a tie-dye shirt that's radiating color!

6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - fabric spray swirl

Here's a 2-color variation of the shirt above, created in exactly the same way! You know, in case you're not into THAT much color. 

6 New Ways to Tie Dye with Spray-On Color - galaxy tie dye

And last but definitely not least, send your style into orbit with a galaxy tie-dye tee! This tie-dye technique uses bleach on a dark T-shirt before spraying on your One-Step Spray Dyes, then adding a finishing touch with white fabric spray paint. Check out this complete galaxy tie-dye tutorial then get started on having fun experimenting with new ways to tie dye!

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