Perhaps I'm a little bit slow and still back on the whole Kid Art theme from Kids Clothes Week...Or, more accurately, the kids saw me making my sun-dyed skirt and wanted to get in on the fun too especially since they remembered how much fun they had when we made our solar prints a while back.
We used inkodye again. First, I started with an inexpensive men's undershirt and sewed up a quick tank top. Next, place a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt so that the dye doesn't go through to the back side of the shirt. I taped off the area where the design was going to be so that I knew where to paint the dye. As you can see the dye did bleed out beyond the tape a bit, but I like the way it looks.
I diluted my dye in the same manner I did for my skirt...approximately 1:1 ratio of dye to water.
While I was painting the dye (in a dark room with no direct sunlight so I didn't expose the dye before we were ready) onto the shirt, Violet was busy drawing her design on a piece of plexiglass with a dry-erase marker...
Once the dye was was applied and the design was complete we moved each outside into the sun and quickly laid the plexiglass onto the shirt...
Henry designed one too... but for some reason his didn't come out quite as clear. I think that maybe it was because his lines were so close together that they got a bit muddled up. (He doesn't mind though and loves wearing it anyway!)
After the design has been fully exposed (about 12 minutes in bright sunlight and up to 20-30 minutes in overcast conditions) carefully bring it back inside and, away from sunlight, remove your plexiglass design (fabric is sensitive to light until the remaining ink is washed away so keep your fabric away from light/uv rays at this point). Wash your fabric on hot/cold twice. I used detergent specifically for inkodye in the first cycle and regular detergent during the second cycle.
Next, proudly wear your new shirt!!