Neutral Base Colour Theory for Over-Dyeing

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Dyeing is simplest when the base fabric is already white or cream (so the new dye will get closet to the package colour). Colour Remover is designed to lighten fabric to a neutral dyeing-friendly base. Dyeing also works well when the base already is in same colour family like when you are freshening up a faded colour.

Over dyeing is a quick way to make fabric a new colour but you can sometimes make brand new colours because of the existing colour of the base.

Colour Wheel

When dyeing a colourful base fabric Black or Charcoal Grey (without lightening with Colour Remover before) the original colour may show through. The solution is using colour theory to help create a more neutral base so the new dye colour can shine.

To start you need to identify what the complementary colour is for the fabric you are working withe. This is easy to do if you look at the colour wheel.  

The complementary colour will be directly opposite on the colour wheel. If you add some of the complementary colour in with the dark dye this will 'cancel out' the original colour showing through when you over-dye. This way can save time by skipping lightening your fabric before dyeing!

  • Red base needs Forest Green (or mix Royal/Navy Blue & Brilliant Yellow) 

  • Orange base needs Royal/Midnight Blue

  • Yellow base needs Purple or Dark Plum (or mix Scarlet/Cardinal Red & Royal/Midnight Blue)

  • Green base needs Scarlet Red/Cardinal Red

  • Blue base needs Tangerine Orange (or mix Brilliant Yellow & Scarlet/Cardinal Red)

  • Purple base needs Brilliant Yellow

How have your over dyeing projects come out?


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