After all the glitter of Christmas has been packed away, things can seem a bit bare and it becomes all about finding little ways to brighten up the short days. This project is a simple way to make the everyday a bit more special – it only takes a few minutes to dip dye paper (and just a bit longer to dry). So, whether you intend to use it for thank you notes, to keep a resolution to write to people more or for your own notes and observations (see page 36 of January's The Simple Things), a little splash of colour can go a long way.
You will need:
A selection of paper, envelopes and postcards
Hand fabric dye powder (we used Dylon)
Vessel for holding your dye (a washing-up bowl, bucket or Tupperware box works well*)
Length of twine
1 Before you start, tie a length of twine, washing line-style, nearby, ready for hanging your paper to dry. Cover any surfaces with newspaper.
2 Make up your dye solution. Start with pouring 1 litre of warm water into your vessel. Add 4 tsp of dye powder and stir until dissolved: the amount you use will determine the strength of your colour, so use a piece of scrap paper to test.
3 Once you’re happy with your dyeing solution, take your piece of paper and – slowly, carefully – insert it into the dye solution, only immersing the amount of paper you’d like coloured. Hold it in the solution for a few seconds and then, slowly and carefully again, draw it out of the solution. Hold the paper over for a moment to catch any drips of dye. You can dip again for a slightly stronger coverage.
4 Peg your dip-dyed stationery to your length of twine to dry. If, once dry, your stationery is a little curled at the edges, place inside a heavy book and leave for 24 hours