How to Dye Clothes Black With a Sharpie

by Donna Tinus ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use various colored Sharpies to produce a tie-dyed effect.

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A Sharpie will dye parts of clothes black, and is useful when tie-dying clothing. It cannot dye an entire piece of clothing a solid color, though. Theoretically, if you draw over the entire piece of clothing with a marker, you may be able to dye it black, but this would be a very time consuming ordeal. If you draw on clothes with a Sharpie, then spray the drawings with alcohol, however, the color will bleed, and spread, creating black accents against the background color of the shirt.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Clothing item
  • Black Sharpie
  • Alcohol
  • Spray bottle
Step 1

Cover your work surface with several layers of newspapers. If the marker bleeds off the clothing, the newspaper will absorb it and protect the surface.

Step 2

Begin drawing on your clothing item. Draw stripes if you're going for maximum coverage. Draw the stripes 1/2 inch apart from each other.

Step 3

Pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spray each stripe so it bleeds and spreads across the material. Saturate the Sharpie drawings with the alcohol spray.

Step 4

Place the clothing item into a hot dryer for 15 minutes to set the ink.

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About the Author

Donna Tinus has been a writer since 2005. She has a background in medical terminology and has written articles for various websites on topics such as family, finance, medicine, health, pets, gardening, beauty and relationships. Tinus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Centenary College.