A bucket of dyed fabric using Chalk Paint® furniture paint by Annie Sloan in Aubusson Blue
Techniques

How to Dip Dye Fabric with Chalk Paint®

Dip dyeing with Chalk Paint® is a great way to completely change the colour of fabric, whether small or large.

  1. Create your dye by adding 1 tablespoon of Chalk Paint® to roughly 1 litre of tepid water in a bucket or large bowl. Stir thoroughly to ensure the paint is completely dispersed. Here, Annie has used Aubusson Blue.
  2. Dip your fabric into the dye and agitate the fabric until the whole piece is evenly dyed.
  3. Do not leave the fabric to soak. Remove from the water and leave to drip-dry outdoors or next to a heater.
  4. Once completely dry, iron or tumble dry the fabric to seal the colour. Do not use salt, this tends to increase colour bleed.
  5. You can then wash your material on a 30ºC wash with no colour loss. NB. if you use a stronger quantity of paint in your dye, there might be more colour lose when washed.

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