How do I make pink for tie dye?

Name: Chuck



Linda Johansen's book
Fabric Dyer's Dictionaryir?t=dyeblog-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1571208631
shows how to mix a small number of Procion dyes to obtain a large number of different solid colors


Country or region: New Mexico

Message: How do I make pink for tie dye? Don't want to wait til the fourth for a new Dharma delivery.

Pink is just a light red, obtained by using a much smaller amount of dye powder per squirt bottle. Use about a tenth as much red or magenta dye powder as you normally would when mixing a bright red dye for tie-dyeing. If you normally use one tablespoon of fuchsia or red dye powder per cup of water for an intense bright color, use a quarter teaspoon of dye powder per cup, for a pale pink. The amount of dye powder you use determines the intensity of your pink. Use only an eighth of a teaspoon of dye powder for an even paler color, or half a teaspoon for a pink that's not quite as pale.

There are different pinks you can make, too. The pink you will get by using a small amount of fuchsia is pretty much a bubble-gum sort of pink, which is a somewhat bluer color than the pink you will get by using a small amount of a true red dye mixture. Try using a similarly small concentration of bright orange for a nice pale peach color.

The pre-mixed pink Procion dyes you can buy contain a neutral powder diluant so that you can measure a larger volume and still get a pale color. Mixing your own pale colors by using less dye powder will save you money.

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Posted: Friday - June 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM          

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