Reported by Michael Dolan
I had the opportunity to work with my two nieces, (ages 6 and 10), on three products; Tulip Tye-Dye kit, Tulip fabric markers, and Tulip Color-changing paint. We had a great time making some customized tops for Summer!
We also strayed from the instructions in that the kids put the rubber bands on dry shirts, which we wet afterward. It seemed more logical, (and less messy), and that worked beautifully too.
|The 10 year old’s worthy effort|
|The stylings of the 6 year old|
The secondary efforts, not less cool, but certainly less dyed:
|The leftover dye from the bottle|
|The “soaked” shirt from the leftover dye in the sink.|
Next, we looked at the color changing paints.
The 10 year old was so enthralled about the markers, that she wanted nothing to do with the color change stuff. The six year old could barely speak when she saw it. “Uncle Michael, WHERE did you GET THESE?!” Ahhh, to be young.
To show off the coloring capabilities better, I bought two Disney shirts, that were black and white drawings only. The color paint comes out a bit like white “school” glue; there is no color at all, until it is out in the sun. It also doesn’t spread on it’s own. If you spread it too thinly, it will not show up as a color, and you won’t know that until you get it out into the sun. These were tough concepts for the six year old. The technique we finally agreed on was to touch the tip of the bottle to the fabric, at an angle, and gently squeeze.
|Brushing, it turns out, often makes the paint too thin.
Take care in your application!
|Awwww. So cute!|
Overall, the paint is very easy to apply, it takes a little finesse to work out the details. I think the results are cool in the sunlight!
|Adding just a little color|
|Who can argue with an artist? 🙂|
Color Change Paint:
- Bright colors
- Cool product that really works
- Vibrant colors
- Easy to use
- Fun for most ages
- Great colors
- Fun to make
- Finished projects are popular with kids
Color Change Paint:
- Takes some finesse that younger kids have trouble with
- Applying paint is a hard to do consistently.
- Colors tend to bleed.
- Very messy process.
- Does not make as many “normal sized” projects as they show on the front of the box