By simply sprinkling powdered dye on ice on top of fabric, you can create beautiful organic water color effects that are so unique.
This technique must be done with Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye. Accordingly, it can only be applied to natural fabrics (such as cotton, linen, wool, silk and ramie) and also rayon and nylon.
- Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the garment. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
- Gather supplies.
- Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
- Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
- Wet fabric and completely crumple into a small, flat ball.
- Place crumpled fabric on top of drying rack, over the plastic tub (to catch dripping dye).
- Cover fabric completely with ice. Different ice sizes will yield different patterns.
- Open dye packages. Use spoon to sprinkle dye on the ice.
- More powder will yield darker results.
- For more white space, sprinkle dye on as you might sprinkle salt on food. Use very little dye. You will probably think you aren’t using enough, but you are.
- Adding color in sections will yield more of an ombre effect.
- Let the ice melt completely through the fabric.
- Once melted, we strongly recommend transferring the dyed fabric to a container with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas. Follow these instructions.