Prepping Colorful Tiles

Today I decided to dye a few tiles to use in the coming weeks, and to try it on a few index cards as well for a upcoming “one card a day” project in the Tangle All Around Facebook group that I belong to. I thought I’d share my process in case anyone would like to give it a try.

I use the “baggie” method which I have seen posted by multiple people on Facebook, Instagram, on blogs, and in videos. I’d give credit, but I’ve no idea where it started. I do know that it is quick and easy, and you can get some great results.

Supplies:

Tiles or cards to be dyed
Water-based markers (I used both Tombow brush tip pens and Crayola Pipsqueak markers today)
Spray bottle filled with water
Plastic baggie
Paper towels

Procedure:

  • Protect your workspace with paper towels so you don’t get ink all over
  • Choose a few colors – I usually use 2 or 3 – that you like together
  • Lay the card or tile to be dyed on the paper towels and spray it lightly with water
  • Scribble with the markers onto the plastic baggie to add some color
  • Press the ink covered plastic bag onto the wet paper
  • Smoosh it around as much or as little as you want until you get an effect that you like
  • You can use a paper towel to carefully suck up any larger puddles of ink or use an air dryer or blow dryer to dry the paper faster, but I usually just leave mine on a fresh layer of paper towel until they are dry.
Scribble with the markers to add some color to the plastic baggie
Press the ink covered plastic bag onto the wet paper

TIP: I have found that if I lightly spray the back side of a tile I am going to dye first, it doesn’t curl as much and will dry much flatter

Here’s what I did today – 4 tiles and 3 index cards

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