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FAS dyes in the classroom

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Brighten up your classroom with amazing dyes using these ideas:


Dye is an extremely versatile art product, which can be used to enhance your classroom displays over all curriculum areas.  It can be used successfully with a range of other art products but is particularly successful over crayon and pastel making backgrounds colorful and bright. 

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It can be managed in the same way as paint using thick and thin brushes with one brush per jar or alternatively a brush per child that can be wiped before using a new color. This will avoid brushes ending up in one jar and spoiling of colors.

Where dyes are being used in small areas and colors are not to be blended a small amount of each dye can be placed in a paint palette and a cotton bud used to apply the dye.




Water-soluble dye, color wash, drawing ink, non-permanent fabric dye, mix with cellulose paste to make a medium ideal for printing on paper.  Lots of classroom fun and creativity.


Very versatile, water-soluble, non-toxic, excellent color range. Dye remains water sensitive when dry.


Black, Blue, Bordeaux, Green, Leaf, Ochre, Orange, Ultra, Umber (Brown), Violet, Vermilion and Yellow.


Powder Dye: 30gms 

Liquid Dye: 50ml


Try one level teaspoon to a cupful of water to gauge dye strength.

For Powder Dye, dissolve in preferably hot/warm water to speed solubility.


Always lay down protective covers and wear protective clothing, as this product will stain on contact.


This product is extremely concentrated in both powder and liquid form and will stain fabrics and surfaces.

Close supervision of children is advised and the use of protective smocks is recommended.

Elmers Glue and Dye

Use pre-colored Elmers glue (black) or color the glue with black ink.    Children draw their pattern or picture with the glue. Leave until completely dry, and then dye within the spaces.

Sprinkled Dye

Using a white or pale coloured crayon children draw their picture. Wet the entire picture with a paintbrush. Using dry dye powder sprinkle onto the wet paper picture.

N.B. Use a tea strainer, a sieve, or a salt or peppershaker to sprinkle the dry dye.

Dry off any excess water by blotting or dabbing gently with newspaper. Dry spots of dye can be dabbed with a paper towel.

Water-resistant pens with dye

Using a water resistant pen (preferably black), or ink, draw a picture.    Mix up several dye colours.    Use the dye colours to paint in between or over the pen outline i.e. you are painting your picture with the dye. Do not worry if the dyes bleed into each other.

You can also paint your picture with the dyes first then outline using the pen or ink.

Crayon Batik

Children crayon a picture, a motif, or a design heavily.    They then crumple the picture, flatten it and crumple it again. This can be done several times to obtain a crumpled batik effect. Smooth the picture flat and paint over dye (one colour) into the cracks of the crayon. Turn the picture over on to newsprint and smooth out the picture so that the newspaper absorbs excess dye.

Chalk/Crayon Resist

Use chalk to draw a thick outline of your picture. Use wax crayons to color in your picture between the chalk outlines i.e. you are coloring in your picture.    Make up one dark dye color (preferably black) to wash over the entire picture. This will wash away the chalk outlines.

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