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Tie Dye With Acrylic paint on a shirt, takes things to a whole new level. By using a mixture of glycerin and water to thin the paint, you are able to turn acrylic paint into an acrylic medium for painting clothing.

Can You Paint Clothes With Acrylic Paint?

Tie-dying has always been a fun way for kids to decorate their clothing, but did you know that you can tie dye with acrylics?!

Check below for the full guide on how to paint tie dye with acrylic paint.

This really changes the game because you won’t have to worry about having a certain type of dye. You can just whip out your acrylic paints and dye away!

tie dye with acrylics

How To Tie Dye With Acrylic Paint

Being able to tie dye with acrylics is a fun and easy way to change up the game a little bit. You will have access to so many more shades of colors that will make your clothing unique.

What You Need To Tye Dye With Acrylic Paint

  • article of clothing
  • some acrylic paints
  • a paint fabric medium (to turn the acrylic paints into fabric paints)
  • rubber bands
  • spray bottles or pour bottles
  • and a few other materials

You can grab most of these at your local craft store or around the house. You also need something to heat set the fabric after the paint is dry. Use your iron and ironing board or dryer, last you will wash the fabric.

You will have a lot of fun with this process too because it does not take a professional. Who would have thought that you would be able to simply use paint to modify your clothes?

acrylic paint tie dyed shirt in bright colors with paints sitting on the shirt

When you tie dye with acrylics, you will have the same or better outcome than with normal dye. For example, the colors will be bolder and won’t fade as much after being washed.

You can also use this dying method to make customized shirts and other articles of clothing for your friends and family. They will be shocked to hear that it was made with paint!

Tie Dye with Acrylic Paint

This method of tie dye, using acrylic paint would also look awesome on a reverse tie-dye. Reverse tye dye is when you use rubber bands or string to tie off the colored or black fabric.

Then using bleach you remove some of the colors. You can then leave it like it is, with the bleach tye dye, or add color and tie-dye with acrylic paint.

How To Use Acrylic Paint To Tie Dye

colored shirt with acrylic paints

It may not be as common to tie dye with acrylics but you’ll not want to do it any other way after. You will love your results and it will be a special kind of unique!

You should also take a look at the Burp Cloth and Shirt With Cricut Joy Smart Iron if you are interested in some other fun crafts!

I really enjoy using unique methods to mix up my wardrobe. The next time I try this, I think I will do either a reverse tye dye.

Or use my Cricut and cut some kind of vinyl design or words. I think that would look great and be really fun to do too.

Try these DIY projects too

dyed shirt with paint
Yield: 1

How To Tie Dye With Acrylic Paint

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

When you tie dye with acrylics, you will have the same or better of an outcome than with normal dye. The colors will be bolder and fade less after being washed.



  • Scissors
  • Medicine Dropper


  1. In a cup mix the water and vegetable glycerin.
  2. Using the medicine dropper and add the glycerin mixture in your bottle and equal parts of acrylic paint.
  3. Shake well and set aside.
  4. Using the rubber bands, wrap your shirt however you want for tie-dye, I did a spiral design. Check the video to see how I did it.
  5. Add your dye into the shirt making sure to saturate it with the homemade color.
  6. Allow to dry fully, you can dry in front of a fan, or in the dryer (will leave color behind and cause colors to bleed a bit, this is what I did) you can also air dry for 24 hours.
  7. Once dry, using your heat press or iron, iron it to lock in the color. Skip if you dry in the dryer.
  8. Finally, wash and dry your shirt.

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