Tanagram Sweater

Tangrams. Once you graduated to middle school you thought you'd never look back, but now, with a little bit of Inkodye you can dust off those tangrams and make a fashion statement. There are over 6500 possible shape configurations!

You may have flashbacks about being last to pick a toy during 20 minute recess and getting stuck with Tangrams. Perhaps you remember breaking down because you were the only one in the class that just couldn't arrange the shapes quickly enough into the duck formation shown on the overhead projector. Well, this time around it's all different. Tangrams on your own terms, and the result is not frustration, but a totally epic fashion statement.

Show no mercy, if fourth graders can do it you can too.

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Used in this project:

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Inkodye is no more, but SolarFast is here to save the day! This tutorial works even better using SolarFast than it did with Inkodye!

Prepare. Dust off your old Tangram set, grab a sweater and your Inkodye. You'll need a sponge brush, a piece of cardboard & a small mixing bowl. Tip: place the sweater on a wooden board or movable flat surface that can easily be taken outside. 

Everything you'll need

Protect. Insert a flat piece of cardboard or hard plastic in your sweater to prevent Inkodye from bleeding through to the back of your shirt.

Cardboard for leak protection

Tape. For straight lines, use masking or blue painters tape and press down firmly so Inkodye doesn't bleed under the tape. If you are more of a 'color outside the lines' kind of person, try it freehand!

Masking tape for straight edges

Pour. Use just one color straight out of the bottle or experiment with your own Inkodye color concoction!

Mix and match

Mix. If using multiple colors, stir together with your sponge brush until colors are blended nicely.

Stir well

Apply. Paint a nice, even coat of Inkodye on your sweater.

Even coat is the key

Coverage. No need to over-saturate, but be sure you apply a coat of Inkodye to the entire space.

Don't make a puddle!

Go wild! Place your Tangrams in any configuration you choose. Tip: If you Google images of Tangrams, there are plenty of ideas and how-to's for animals, airplanes, letters - the sky's the limit!

Place your pieces!

Expose. Take the board with your sweater out into the sun and watch the Inkodye color come to life!

Take out to the sun

Rotate. To ensure even sun exposure, rotate the wood surface a few times during development to avoid shadows and soft lines. Be careful not to move the Tangram pieces when rotating the board. 

Rotate for even exposure

Remove. After 10-12 minutes, take your sweater inside and remove Tangram blocks.

Take back inside before you remove the blocks

Wash. Use hot water and soap to wash off undeveloped Inkodye. It's best to use a washing machine so the sweater is agitated during wash. 

Hot water wash

Wear. Enjoy your Tangram sweater and a spot o' tea!

Too cool for school


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