Tie Dye with Sharpies on Shells

Tie Dye Sharpies on ShellsI’m quite obsessed lately with turning shells into pretty pieces of art. I really love using puffy dimensional paint on shells and had lots of fun experimenting with alcohol inks on shells as well. What I really have been wanting to try though is to see if I could create tie dye with sharpies on the shells for a fun effect. I’ve seen tie dye with sharpies done on canvas shoes, tiles and even on just paper, but never on shells. So I tried it! And I’m happy to report it was a huge success. I actually couldn’t stop myself and made an entire collection of tie dye shells that were made using Sharpies and alcohol. See below for the complete step-by-step directions and helpful hints. Tie Dye Sharpies on Shells

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Watch the video and then see the full directions below:

Tie Dye with Sharpies Shells Directions

  • When choosing your Sharpie colors, you’ll want to think about which colors will blend well together. This is part of the fun of experimenting.Tie Dye Sharpies on Shells
  • I like doing the colors in rainbow order as they blend really well this way. Tie Dye Sharpies on ShellsTie Dye Sharpies on Shells
  • You can also draw little squares or circles for a more color blended background. Tie Dye Sharpies on Shells
  • Once you have your marker design complete, dip a paintbrush or Q-Tip into rubbing alcohol or fill a pipette or plastic dropper and brush or drop the alcohol onto the colored design.Tie Dye Sharpies on Shells
  • To make your design more blended, just add more alcohol.
  • This same technique also works well on more porous surfaces like a starfish. Tie Dye Sharpies on Shells

What to Do with Your Finished Shells

  • Display your finished shells in a dish or basket.
  • Add your shells to a shadow box.
  • Glue the finished shells to a piece of wood or a craft wood slice.
  • Arrange shells as part of a centerpiece.
  • Use shells as place setting decor or as name cards.
  • Leave a shell outside for someone to find.

Would love to see your finished tie dye with Sharpie shells. Come share a picture with me on Instagram or Facebook! I love showing examples of my tutorials being made!

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