Thursday, October 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Explorit: Make your own all-nature tie dye at home

By
From page A3 | July 19, 2013 |

There’s a rainbow of color available in the produce aisle, and with a few simple steps you can preserve this rainbow and tie-dye a shirt, headband or cotton towel.

Spinach and kale can make a verdant green while strawberries, blueberries and blackberries can make pink, blue and purple. Spices such as turmeric and paprika can create vivid yellows and reds.

You will need one pot and one bowl for each color you want to make, zipper-lock bags, water, vinegar, strainers, something to dye (a cotton T-shirt or towel would work well) and fruits, vegetables or spices for making your chosen colors.

The first step is to extract natural color from your raw materials. Cut larger fruits and greens into smaller pieces and seal them in a zipper-lock bag. You can keep each item separate to get a strong, single color or combine ingredients to experiment with color mixing.

After making sure that the bag is tightly sealed, squeeze the bag with your fingers to break up the plant matter and make liquid pulp. Then empty your bag into a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.

When your dye is cool, pour the contents of the pot through a strainer into a bowl. While you’re waiting for the dye to cool, get your item ready to dye. If you want a tie-dyed look, use rubber bands to create knots in your shirt or towel. Or get a skein of white cotton yarn and braid or knot a bracelet, anklet, necklace or bookmark for dyeing.

To make sure the dyes in your final product don’t run and can’t wash out, prepare your dyeable item by soaking it in a pre-dye wash of one part vinegar to four parts water for about an hour. The vinegar will help the dyes set.

Once your item is soaked and your dyes are cool, you’re ready to get dyeing! You can dip parts of your item in different colors or immerse your whole item in one color and let it soak. The longer your item stays in a dye, the deeper the color it will absorb.

Once your item is your desired color, remove it from the dye and lay it flat to dry. Don’t untwist or untie a tie-dyed item until it’s completely dry. You can now wear or use your custom-dyed item with pride!

Explorit’s events:

* Saturday, Sabreena Britt of the California Waterfowl Association will lead four 30-minute drawing workshops at Explorit at 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Free with paid admission to the museum.

* Sunday, Aug. 18, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.: Explorit’s Final Blast Family Fun Science Show. Witness chemical genius as UC Davis faculty provide live chemistry demonstrations, take a ride on a Whymcycle and cool off with a smoothie from Jamba Juice. Try your hand at creating art with a scientific twist and practicing science through art. Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/405671. Space is limited.

————

Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org. You can also “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow on Twitter at @ExploritScience

Comments

comments

.

News

Davis Innovation Center application gives city options

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Pioneer students meet K-9 Officer Dexter

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Versatile cycling contributor Casale Jr. heads to Hall of Fame

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Huge gold nugget going up for sale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Leading indicators up 0.8%

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
 
Canada stunned by attacks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Police warn of IRS phone scam

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
UCD Vet Med hosts animal ‘adoptathon’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

High-flying fun at University Airport

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Mercer Clinic benefits from pooch costume pics

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Day of the Dead observance focuses on refugee children

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Parents’ Night Out on Friday at Pole Line Baptist

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Military Families seek help to send Hugs from Home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Arboretum plant sale is Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

DPNS has play group, preschool openings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Day of the Dead folk art class set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

A nose for mysteries: ‘Cadaver dog’ work more accepted by cops, courts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Check out classic cars once again

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Fly-casting champion will speak to fishing enthusiasts

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Flea Market planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Carlton invites community to its Haunted Harvest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Cooperatives meet community needs

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Co-op trivia

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Author visits Woodland for community book project

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Knowledgeable, experienced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
A leader our schools deserve

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

We need Sunder on board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Our view: Two more years for Garamendi

By Our View | From Page: B4

We support Archer, Adams

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

A force for good on board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Two are especially qualified

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

We have confidence in Madhavi

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
I support John Garamendi

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

.

Sports

Picture-perfect: DHS field hockey finishes 14-0

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Davis tennis team takes title

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Giants loss evens World Series at 1-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men beat Cal Poly, 1-0; alone at the top

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Blue Devils look for first home victory

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1

 
Devil soccer loss sets up important final week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

JV/frosh roundup: DHS underclassmen shine in water polo events

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Youth roundup: Hurricanes handle American River twice in one day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Features

What’s happening

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

 
Hand sanitizer versus soap and water

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

Girl Scouts join effort to keep kids healthy

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Name Droppers: Foster parent heads to First 5

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

.

Arts

 
If it can go wrong it will go wrong

By Michael Lewis | From Page: A10

 
San Francisco Symphony visits with conductor/pianist Zacharias

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Jam with folk musicians on Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals host singing workshop

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals plan traditional English winter celebration

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

DMTC plans Halloween karaoke fundraiser

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
The Rhythm Future Quartet plays at Village Homes Community Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
All are welcome at Fun Time Follies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

‘Under the Covers’ concert benefits KDRT

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Dorothy Foytik

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Mariana Brumbaugh Henwood

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, October 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B10