After donning your respirator in an abundance of caution for your lungs and starting with a damp piece of fabric soaked in soda ash, you sprinkle dry dye powder directly on the fabric. Best to do this on a windless day also. After sprinkling on several colors you can hang the piece on the line and then use a spray bottle with a soda ash solution in it to spritz the fabric. As you spritz you will see the dye begin to run toward the bottom of the fabric giving you a lined look on the fabric along with little dots from the sprinkling process. The more you spritz, the fewer dots you may end up with. Choose your color combinations carefully so as not to end up with mud.
Elizabeth and Sue both tried this process at separate times, and you'll notice somewhat different results. Elizabeth was judicious in her use of dye powder and kept the colors somewhat separated. She used the primaries - red, yellow, blue. The dye is sprinkled on the fabric while lying on the grass.
- don't overdo the dye
- go easy on the spray - the fabric doesn't need to be saturated
- consider how the colors you use will blend - opposites on the color wheel will make mud
- make sure you have an appropriate outdoor spot for the process - dye will dip on the ground