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How To Tie Dye with Derwent’s Inktense Blocks

Use Derwent Inktense Blocks to transform a plain tee shirt and have a little fun! National Tie Dye Day is around the corner; tie dying is an easy, fun activity that people can try at home. The pigment will sit exactly where you spritz, so make sure all the creases are exposed where you want the color to appear. Use as many colors as you would like, and experiment with the different textures, color runs, and dribble effects you can create with the spritzer. 


  • 100% Cotton Fabric (Example: T-Shirt, pillowcase, socks, etc.)
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks
  • Kitchen Zester
  • Derwent Spritzer (or spray water bottle) pre-filled with water
  • Scrap Paper
  • Elastic Bands
  • Protective Sheet – parchment or baking paper (to cover your workspace and keep it clean)
  • Marbles, bouncy balls, cotton balls or anything that can create a ball


Gather all supplies and prepare your work space.


Place the balls under the fabric and secure with an elastic band.

If you don’t have these tools, you can simply pinch up the fabric and create a ball shape and secure it with an elastic band.


Fold scrap paper down the middle.


With the kitchen zester, zest Derwent Inktense Blocks.

The more you zest, the deeper the pigment will be.


Pour the shavings into the spritzer of water and shake vigorously.

Repeat this with as many colors as you’d like.

You can combine colors to create your own unique color combinations! Blue and Green; Yellow, Orange and Pink; or Pink and Blue.


Spray color all over your fabric. Let it dry overnight or until touch-dry.


Remove the elastic bands from the fabric.

Inktense products are permanent once dry and can be safely washed by hand at a cold temperature (max 30 degrees). We recommend you use water only and avoid harsh detergents.

Submitted by Derwent

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