Can you ice dye with liquid? Yes, you can! The ice dyeing with liquid dye is a tad different so read here or watch the video to see how.
I get the question all the time. I had to see for myself. It looks a bit different than regular ice dye, but it will work in a pinch! Want to see if powdered natural ice dye will work? I have a post for that too. As well as the temperature of ice dyeing.
Can You Liquid Dye to Ice Dye?
Yes, you can! It will be a bit different than how you would use powdered dye. Check out the video below for a visual tutorial. If you prefer written instructions see below!
If you’re in a pinch, I still suggest powdered dye. The powder helps the ice melt and the liquid doesn’t. It took about twice as long to do the liquid as my usual method.
How to Ice Dye with Liquid Dye
Can you ice dye with liquid? Yes you can! The ice dyeing with liquid dye is a tad different so read here or watch the video to see how.
- Liquid Dye
- Natural fiber material
- Cooling rack
- Get your fabric wet and ring it out.
- Mix 1 part dye to 4 parts water in a bottle.
- Crumple up your fabric and set it on the cookie rack. The cookie rack is nice because it holds it all scrunched up.
- Place ice all over the scrunched up material. The less ice you do the less white space you’ll have. I completely covered my cloth in ice.
- Squirt the dye all over the ice. I like to randomly put lots of colors all over the cloth some people prefer the look of only doing each color once.
- Let it sit until the ice completely melts.
- Rinse out your fabric until the water runs clear then put it in a wash on cold. After this initial wash, you should be ok to wash it with other colored clothing.
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How long does liquid dye last?
I have never had mine expire. The label says you should throw it out after 72 hours. If you want maximum pigment I suggest using it fast. These dyes had been sitting for 3 years (unopened) and I still got beautiful colors.
Every video and post I do about the fabric I get the question ‘where did you get your fabric?’ It of course changes based on the post but for this post I used these tea towels.
I’m sure this post is meant to sort of transcribe all the content in the video. I didn’t want to watch it but it made me because you’re missing the text of answering the questions you propose. You never explain how this method looks different in text form. And a bit mistake I assume: should there be a step included where you put the dye on the fabric? I’m sure it’s in the video because that would be absolutely wild if not. Anyway thought I’d just mention that.
Thanks so much for reaching and pointing that out to me. Definitely an oversight on my part! I’ve got it fixed so other readers have an easier time than you did. I apologize! But to answer your questions here you squirt the liquid on the cloth over the ice! And the answer is YES you can definitely use liquid dye. Were there other questions you had that you’d like answered?