Getting started

Getting started

First of all it’s important to understand that dyeing flowers is not an exact science. The final colour of the flower will depend on the following factors:

  • Type, quality and colour of the flower

  • The concentration of the dye solution

  • The time the flower is left in the dye solution

  • The dyeing technique

Type, quality and colour of the flower

For best results always choose fresh top quality flowers that have NOT been hydrated before dyeing. Softer stemmed flowers such as Gerberas and Carnations are easier to dye but woody stemmed flowers will also dye but will take longer. For most dyeing techniques a white flower is best but some amazing effects can be achieved by dyeing coloured flowers.

The concentration of the dye solution

The basic solution is made by mixing 2.5 grams of powdered dye into 300 - 500ml of fresh water. It is not recommended to add more dye than this as the solution will be too concentrated and may damage the flowers.

The time the flower is left in the dye solution

This is an area that can be experimented with. Sometimes it is sufficient to leave the flower in the dye until you first see signs of colouring in the petals and then remove into clean water. The flower will continue to absorb the dye. Alternatively flowers can be left in the dye for up to 6 hours.

The dyeing technique

There are 3 dyeing techniques:

  • Single colour

  • Changing a colour

  • Multicolour

Single colour

This technique is used to create a single coloured flower using only 1 dye.

Changing a colour

This technique is used to alter the colour of a basic flower dye. This is similar to creating a new colour in painting when you mix 2 colours to create a new one. e.g. mixing 7 parts Yellow and 3 parts Light blue will create a Mint dye solution. It is also possible to combine more than 2 dyes.

Multicoloured

This technique is used to create multicoloured flowers. The flower is first placed in a dye solution and then later transferred to a second coloured solution. It is also possible to have more than 2 dyeing stages.

 

It's time to dye!

With all the techniques it is a lot about experimenting and finding what flowers, dyes and techniques work best. Have fun! It's time to dye!