Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Easy Mother's Day Craft

Are you looking for an easy craft for Mother's Day, a birthday, or just a fun craft to do with the kids?  This is the one for you!  There is a REALLY easy way to dye silk.

What you need:
  • Silk Scarves: I found mine at Dharma Trading Co. online for about $2.50 a piece
  • Bleeding Art Tissue Paper: this is a special kind of tissue paper; normal tissue paper DOES NOT WORK!
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Gloves so the dye doesn't stain your hands
  • Plastic to cover your crafting surface, I have used both saran wrap and a cut open trash bag
  • Paper towels to clean put and blot colored water

Total cost per scarf: $4, when you average out the small amount of tissue paper you use for one scarf against the price of the 100 sheets of Bleeding Art Tissue Paper.

Start off by protecting your surface with plastic.   Lay out your scarf on your plastic covered surface.  I have done this both laid out flat and folded, the color will bleed through the folded scarf.  Tear up
your chosen colors of tissue paper and lay them out across your scarf in whatever pattern you wish.  The lighter colors can be overwhelmed by nearby dark tones so keep that in mind when placing your tissue paper.

Spray the tissue paper with the water bottle. If you lightly wet the sheets it'll help keep them in place, than go back and really wet the paper.  You should start to see the color bleed onto the scarf almost immediately.  This is when you really need your gloves!  You will probably need to press the tissue paper down in places were it has 'bubbled.'  The tissue paper will color your hands but it does come off after a few hand washes.  Once it is all wet it only takes about 5 minutes for the color to bleed in.  Blot the excess water with your paper towels and hang to dry.  You may need to place more paper towels under your hanging scarf to catch any color water that drips off.  Once my scarf stops dripping, I tend to throw them in the dryer on low for a few minutes.  You are done!  Once you have everything prepped it goes really quick, I did 4 scarves in about 20 minutes (not counting drying time).

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