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It’s time to share something I call the Magic Tie-Dye Spiral.
Why is it magic? Because the three colours used mix beautifully to create a full rainbow tie-dye spiral.
And when I realised this, after quite a few failed spirals where I mixed up six separate colours and then had lots of trouble trying to apply them all evenly without the centre turning into a muddy mess, it seemed like magic!
It’s an incredibly easy way to create a tie-dye spiral pattern – and it’s nearly impossible to make a serious mistake.
Watch how it works below.
The secret is to use pure, or base colours. In this case I’ve used the primary Procion colours – lemon yellow, fuschia, and turquoise.
Most dye colours are a mix of these base colours. When you use mixed colours they can split into separate colours (for example, most purple dyes will show pink) and don’t always mix predictably. You’re a lot more likely to get brownish, murky colours when overlapping mixed colours.
But pure colours are a lot like your printer ink – in the correct proportions they will mix to create nearly every colour on the spectrum.
You can see more examples of mixing primary dye colours in these Tie-Dye Onesies. The tie-dye spiral design is a great way to try it out. And if you’re new to tie-dyeing it means that you don’t need precision for great results – it’s pretty beginner-proof!
Magic Tie-Dye Spiral Instructions
OK, got your three primary dye colours all mixed up?
First, apply yellow to half of the spiral.
Then, apply pink to half of the spiral, overlapping 1/3 of the yellow.
Finally, apply blue to half of the spiral, overlapping 1/3 of the pink and 1/3 of the yellow.
As you can see you end up with 1/3 of the spiral in each of the primary colours, and 1/3 of each of the mixed colours.
So you get a full rainbow tie-dye spiral – yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and green – from only three colours.
See why I call it the magic tie-dye spiral?!
And the final result? A little messy in the middle (I’m still using too much brainpower on making sure the video side of things is all working!) but it still looks great.