Choosing Tie Dye Colors And Combinations

What color do you use for tie-dye?

Use varying shades of the same primary color, such as lavender, violet, and royal purple.

For a cool five-color design, try yellow + red + purple + blue + green.

Any three colors on the wheel that sit next to each other should pair well for a three-color design, such as red + orange + yellow will look great.

What colors should you not mix in tie-dye?

Don’t forget the primary color rules, yellow + blue+ red = brown, and this applies in tie-dye.

Avoid red/green, blue/orange, or yellow/purple transitions, as the dyes will bleed and commingle in the fiber and end up BROWN. Unless you want brown, and then go nuts.

What colors should you not mix?

Here are 10 no-nos when it comes to matching colors in your outfits:

  • White and Silver.
  • Magenta and Red.
  • Green and Yellow.
  • Green and Orange.
  • Green and Red.
  • Brown and Gray.
  • Purple and Yellow.
  • Blue-Green and Yellow-Orange (Turquoise and Gold)

How do you tie-dye using a color wheel?

Tie-Dye Color Wheel Primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue. These can’t be derived from other colors.

Secondary colors: Green, Orange, Purple. These are derived by mixing two primary colors in equal proportions.

Tertiary colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green.

Why did my tie-dye wash out?

Just like when the dyes have been mixed up too long. So more of your color will wash out in the end, on rare occasions, all of it, when you use hot water to mix your dye instead of warm, as suggested. Coldwater is a problem with some colors.

Do you rinse tie-dye in hot or cold water?

Use cold water for your initial rinse of your tie-dye shirt. Using cold water in the initial rinse of your tie-dye shirt helps set the dye.

How long should tie-dye sit before rinsing?

Make sure to let the dye sit for at least 12 to 24 hours before you untie the elastics on your garment or fabric. The longer you let it sit, the easier it will be to wash out the loose dye from the fabric. But remember, do not wait until after 24 hours or longer. Make sure it is within 12 to 24 hours before rinsing.

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