Blue & Green Colour Blending
Blue is the worlds most popular colour, and there are so many shades to choose from. We love how blending blue and green (for example: midnight, royal blue and forest green) creates a beautiful water colour perfect for the warmer months.
Make new custom colours by blending a couple dyes together. Start with white or off white/cream fabric and add the blue and green dye colours together. You can use other dyeing techniques like ombre or tie dye too; more colours creates more options for creativity.
- Create hundreds of new dye colours: measure Tintex with a teaspoon or tablespoon (or both) as needed; completely dissolve 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 or 2 teaspoon(s) or tablespoon(s) of your selected dye(s) in one cup of hot water. Use 1-3 colours and adjust dye amounts as needed.
- A small amount of dye (example 1/8 tsp) mixed with 1 cup of water creates pastel colours.
- Use double usual amount for fabric type/weight to get more colour intensity (example: royal or navy blue)
- Add midnight blue, charcoal grey or black for coolness (or add yellow or tan beige for warmth).
Use the hand dyeing method to transform basic white fabric into tropical blue-green; the dye colour guide has more info about blending & mixing new colours.
Steps for Dyeing Success:
- Always protect your work area and wear rubber or plastic gloves to prevent staining.
- Tintex works best with the hottest water the fabric can handle
- Mix the powder dye with water (until the powder is completely dissolved)
- Pour the solution into a bowel or use a sink that will not stain (Sarah used a large stainless steel bowl)
- Dip silk into the solution for 5 minutes (or until the fabric is as dark as you want)
- Rinse in cold water, dip a portion in green (until the fabric is as dark as you want)
- Rinse in cold water until water runs clear
- Hang silk to dry (Sarah hung the silk veils on a clothes line)