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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
chemistry, solubility, inks, dyes, water
Spiral color patterns are produced on a shirt using markers

Introduction

Have you ever made a tie-dyed t-shirt? It can be a lot of fun to dye a shirt in bright colors with spiraling designs (especially when it is done on a warm day outside to prevent indoor messes)! In this science activity, you will get to dye a t-shirt with your own colorful artwork using permanent markers. Along the way, you will find out how solubility helps your drawings leave beautiful designs on the fabric.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Rubber bands (at least 2)
  • Plastic cups (at least 2)
  • Colorful assortment of permanent markers
  • Water
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol
  • Medicine dropper
  • White t-shirt that can be dyed
  • Optional: Newspapers. These are to protect your work surface.
  • Optional: Hair dryer
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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
chemistry, solubility, inks, dyes, water
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