Monday, December 6, 2010

painting with rainbow dye

One of our lovely grandmothers at preschool introduced us to Rainbow dye.


Rainbow dyes are sun activated, non toxic and water based which make them perfect for preschool kids.   You simply paint them on natural fibres like cotton or calico and set them out in the sun to dry.


We spent a lovely morning dying rectangles of cut up cotton sheet.


For our first try the children simply applied the dye with a brush, however you can also achieve beautiful tie dye effects Rainbow Dyes by wrapping, twisting and tyeing in a paticular way.


Once dried in the sun they are colour-fast.


So what to do with the finished pieces?  I think they would look fabulous as bunting on our veranda, similar to these ideas from:

Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning ::: 'Sew' this is it - our garden bunting
Paint Cut Paste                                       ::: Food flags


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10 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I think I am in love. Any idea where we purchase rainbow dye from?

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  2. yeah, i want some rainbow dye too!!!

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  3. We make these as cloth napkins for snack in the classroom. First finding leaves outside and the kids place them however they wish. Then they paint over/around the leaves and keep them on until dry. The effect is lovely with the shape of the found objects remaining in white or slightly lighter than the colors around it.

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  4. That would be some great looking bunting, and I love that the colour you see is the colour it will remain. It was a bit of a surprise for Princess when we picked up the plates she had recently painted how they looked different after firing and I heard tell her dad that they did not look as good as they had before!

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  5. Christie, if you click on the rainbow dye link in the post or google them there is a teacher's package you can buy. It ain't cheap though - maybe you could share the cost with some other families, which is what this grandmother did. Also the bottles are quite large, and we used no more than a couple of inches in each paint pot for the whole preschool so a little goes a long way.

    L - I love the idea of napkins. This would be a great gift idea as well. What type of material did you use?

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  6. where oh where is your school? quite frankly I'd love to visit with my little one

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  7. Wocket, we are in Sydney. If you'd like to visit email me jennykable@yahoo.com.au.

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  8. Hi there! What a great project! I’d love for your to link up to my Tot Tuesdays linky party. Its every Tuesday and a chance to link up crafts, activities, tips, recipes and educational resources for all things TODDLER related. I hope you’ll stop by. Have a great day!

    www.mydeliciousambiguity.com

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  9. Hi Jenn, thanks for directing me to your blog - lovely! Have made a note to stop by for toddler tuesdays. We will have lots of very young 3's at preschool at the beginning of the year so our heads will be well and truly in toddler land!

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  10. I'm imagining the most beautiful dreamy pillowcases. :)

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