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Quick Tip| Kids DIY| 5 Easy Steps: Tie Dyeing with Bic Mark It Permanent Markers

Until recently I had no idea that you could tie dye with Bic Mark It Permanent Markers. This project was super easy and fun. It’s safe to do this with older kids but you will need to do it in a well ventilated area. For my shirt I decided to do a rainbow pattern on the ruffles and around the collar. I didn’t want to dye the entire shirt because I wanted it to look as if it’s fading to white. Or that the color is slowly disappearing. It turned out fairly nicely for my first attempt at Tie Dyeing with Bic Mark It Permanent Markers. I can’t wait to do it again!

Tie Dye Bic Mark It Rainbow T Shirt

Step One: Draw your patterns on your shirt. (I found that straight lines and circles worked best)

Step Two: Place your shirt over a protective barrier such as cardboard. (I found that the ink spread in my desired direction by holding the cardboard at an inclined position.)

Step Three: Using a dropper (Such as an old medicine dropper) drop Isopropyl Alcohol 70% over your ink.

Step Four: Set ink by drying on high for 30 minutes in your dryer.

Step Five: Wash and re-dry before use.

I hope you enjoyed today’s quick tip. If you try out this DIY project please leave me a link to your image so I can check our your designs! I’m curious to see what other tie dye designs you all come with using your Bic Mark It permanent markers. If you would like me to feature your product on one of quick tips please contact me directly.

Update: After several washes most of the color had faded off. I would only recommend this technique on items that don’t need to be washed.

6 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Hello, I was just wondering if the colors have faded in the wash? The BIC website says that their permanent markers would fade in the wash, if applied to fabric. I’m curious because I’ve marked a fabric make-up bag, and I need to know whether to protect it with some sort of spray, or wash it! 🙂

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    1. IAMM3Z

      Rachel, yes it did fade after multiple washes. I’ve not used this technique since learning that it faded. I will have to update this blog post. Thanks for asking. Almost all of the color washed off.

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      1. Rachel

        Thanks so much! That’s just what I needed to know. Maybe the same technique with fabric markers would work well? Best of luck with future crafting!

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        1. IAMM3Z

          You’re most welcome. It’s certainly worth a try! Thanks for the idea.

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  2. Belinda

    Could I use soda ash instead

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    1. IAMM3Z

      Belinda, I’ve not worked with Soda Ash so I don’t have first hand experience with this medium. From what I’ve read about it could help lock in the color of this project if you pre-treat your material with it.

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