When you start out, it can be hard to know how much dye to apply in ice dyeing. This is especially true if you’re applying it powder-over-ice, where not only is it not hitting the fabric immediately, but there’s a layer of ice obscuring your view anyway.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really measure dye when I started out — I just sprinkled on whatever seemed like a good amount, and waited to see what would happen. Sometimes I got the effect I wanted. Sometimes I didn’t. I pretty quickly developed a sense of how densely to sprinkle the dye in order to get good color. It took much longer to work out which dyes are more powerful than normal, so I could use less of them. (If you’ve heard the phrase “red rushes in,” I find this to be often but not always true.)
This post is intended to give you (and me!) a rough visual guide to how much dye to use and what kind of color you might expect. I make no attempt to deal with the overpowering nature of some colors — the samples below are all dyed with a single color, Lapis, which has the advantage of splitting nicely. They’re all adult medium T-shirts, scrunched, and are dyed powder-over-ice on a rack.
What I like most about this experiment is that all of the T-shirts look nice; the intensity is different, but they all display the kinds of patterns that first attracted me to ice dyeing.