Tie Dye Colors for beginners

The best tie dye color combos dye well together and look good together when you're done. To make great tie dye you need to know Basic Color Theory and what happens when your favorite color combos are dyed together.

Sometimes your ideas don't work out, so start with colors from an inexpensive tie dye kit. Experiment. When you figure it out you're ready for professional tie dye supplies from Dharma Trading

Dye Color History

Evolution of Dyes has a nice historical review, but modern tie dye has two basic periods based on the dyes that were readily available.

The 1960's - All Purpose dyes were low cost and readily available in three primary dye colors. You had to mix them if you wanted other colorsDye Colors Warm and Cool Colors

The 2000's - Fiber Reactive dyes are low cost and readily available in 200+ dye colors. The big difference is they're chemically engineered to not fade. 

Dye Color Mixing

Dye colors don't mix like light. Artists often fail to explain this simple important fact.

  1. Dye color mixing is subtractive. Colors absorb or subtract to make brown.
  2. Light color mixing is additive. Colors add together to make pure white light. 

This is important. It helps you choose good color combinations for tie dye and tie dye colors that look good together.

Use the tie dye color wheel. Tie Dye Dye Color Wheel

Dye color classifications are:

  1. Primary Colors: Red, Yellow and Blue cannot be derived from other colors. All other colors are derived from primary colors.
  2. Secondary Colors: Green, Orange and Purple are derived by mixing two primary colors in equal proportions.
  3. Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green are derived by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That explains their two word names. However, now there are 200+ colors with names given by the dye manufacturers.

    Dye Happy Colors

    Ordering something custom from Tie Dye Dan ? Choose your colors from the list below.

    6 Red Shades

    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 2 3 4 5 6

    4 Yellow Shades

    1 2 3 4
    1 2 3 4

    6 Green Shades

    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 2 3 4 5 6

    6 Blue Shades

    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 2 3 4 5 6

    2 Black Shades

    1 2
    1 2