How to Tie Dye Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

Tie-dyed T-shirts are created to look colourful and vibrant, and can be made by submerging rubber band-tied T-shirts into a dye bath. If you enjoy the look of tie dye, but do not want to go through the process of dying cloth, you can make paper look like it has been tie-dyed. Once finished, you can turn the tie-dyed paper into greeting cards or stationary to send to your family members or friends.

Fill a Swiss roll pan with 1-inch of hot water, and place a sheet of watercolour paper into the water. Allow the watercolour paper to soak in the water for 20 minutes.

Place the saturated sheet of watercolour paper onto a painting board, and smooth out the paper with a sponge to remove any trapped air bubbles.

Soak a watercolour paintbrush in diluted watercolour paint until the hairs are full. You can dilute the watercolour paint by combining 1 tsp of watercolour paint into a jar with 236ml. of water.

Hold the paint-laden watercolour brush 8 inches above the wet paper. When a drop of the watercolour paint falls from that height onto the wet paper, it will splatter. The moisture in the paper will cause the splatter to transform into a tie-dyed appearance.

Repeat this process using varying heights and colours until you achieve the desired result.

Things You'll Need

  • Watercolour paper
  • Swiss roll pan
  • Painting board
  • Sponge
  • Watercolour paint
  • Jar
  • Watercolour paintbrush
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