I have never done any projects remotely resembling tie-dye; until now. I was super excited when I stumbled across several posts on a DIY Sharpie Marker Tie-Dye project for t-shirts. I love the flower effect of this simple, inexpensive project!
All you need are a couple of regular (non-metallic) Sharpie permanent markers, rubbing alcohol, a cotton t-shirt or tank, a plastic cup, a rubber band and a dropper or squeeze bottle to disperse the alcohol. Simply pick your spot on your t-shirt, place your cup underneath, pull tight & place the rubber band around the rim of the cup, draw a circle of dots with the Sharpies and drop 15-20 drops of the rubbing alcohol in the center of the circle.
You can wait for the design to spread & dry (about a half hour) or you can put a cutting board in between the front & back of your shirt to prevent bleeding & keep on creating. I did not try using the front & back at the same time but I’m pretty sure that would work. I decided to embellish my designs with a Copper Sharpie Metallic Marker. They were on sale for $1 at Fleet Farm (on an end cap by the registers) and I love the color! It will not spread as part of the tie-dye effect but it is gorgeous for decoration. To care for your finished shirt: machine wash cold and air dry.
I love the finished product but I will add that the plain cotton t-shirts give a more polished finished look. The ribbed tank I used produced a more abstract, artsy blob than a flower; I liked it too.