Tie Dye Colors for beginners

Go to Basic Color Theory at Color Matters to learn color basics. 

Understand how colors and dyes work, then find your colors.

You can use colors from an inexpensive tie dye kit or get 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 dyes that were readily available.

All Purpose dyes were readily available In the 1960s in three primary dye colors.Dye Colors Warm and Cool Colors

Fiber Reactive dyes are readily available today in 200+ dye colors and 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

    R1A Scarlet R1B Chinese Red R1C Fire Red R1D Oxblood Red R1E Fuscia Red R1F Coral Pink
    R1A Scarlet R1B Chinese Red R1C Fire Red R1D Oxblood Red R1E Fuschia Red R1F Coral Pink

    4 Yellow Shades

    Y2A Bright Yellow Y2B Golden Yellow Y2D Soft Orange Y2C Amber Waves
    Y2A Bright Yellow Y2B Golden Yellow Y2D Soft Orange Y2C Amber Waves

    6 Green Shades

    G3A Bright Green G3B Cayman Isle Green G3C Mermaids Dream G3D New Emerald Green G3E Avacado G3F Bronze
    G3A Bright Green G3B Cayman Isle Green G3C Mermaids Dream G3D New Emerald Green G3E Avacado G3F Bronze

    6 Blue Shades

    B4A Kingfisher Blue B4B Robins Egg Blue B4C Turquoise B4D Brilliant Blue B4E Royal Blue B4F Grape
    B4A Kingfisher Blue B4B Robins Egg Blue B4C Turquoise B4D Brilliant Blue B4E Royal Blue B4F Grape

    2 Black Shades

    5A Neutral Grey 5B Raven Black
    5A Neutral Grey 5B Raven Black