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Tintex is Available at Dollarama Stores

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We are pleased to announce that Tintex will be available with new packaging at selected Canadian Dollarama stores. The Canadian Dollarama stores that carry Tintex Fabric Dye will stock a new 50g size of assorted bright & deep colours. You may use the Dollarama store locator to contact the store near you to inquire about their Tintex selection. The colour assortment may vary and only selected Dollarama stores will carry our fabric dye.

Dollarama Tintex Fabric Dye 50g Boxes

Dollarama will carry these colours:

  • Scarlet Red
  • Fuschia
  • Tangerine Orange
  • Brilliant Yellow
  • Forest Green
  • Navy Blue 
  • Purple
  • Black

Use the new 50g boxes for 1 pound (454g) of a light colour or 1/2 pound of a dark colour. Prints, patterns and stained fabric may not dye evenly. Darker colours use more dye and you can make pastels just by using less dye. All of the dyes can be mixed together to create new custom colours.

Basic Fabric Dye Tips:

Tintex is NOT for 100% polyester or 100% acrylic fabric. Tintex Fabric Dye is created for most washable fabrics (example: cotton, linen, silk, nylon, wool). For best results material must not contain more than 40% acrylic or polyester fabric. Do not use on rubber, metal, fibreglass or fabric treated with special finishes. 

For many projects it is ideal to lighten fabric with Colour Remover (to an off-white or cream colour) before dyeing. You can overdye but the existing colour will effect the results.  As an example, existing red fabric will turn purple if you dye it royal blue (without lightning it). 

It is important to prepare your material before dyeing. Make sure to wash fabric without using fabric softener and keep it damp before starting. It is helpful to do a small fabric colour test on a scrap or unseen area of your real fabric or if needed you could substitute a white paper towel only if your fabric is white. Wear rubber gloves and protect work area from staining. 



    Make Burgundy Tintex

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    New colours are created by mixing 1-3 dyes until the desired shade is obtained. You can use the fabric dye colour wheel to help or simply get creative. If your fabric is not already white or cream, prepare it before dyeing, by using Colour Remover. White cotton will dye closest to package colour, but nylon, silk, rayon, and wool may dye lighter or darker. For best results with any project, test your colour before.

    Custom Colour Sample Tips:

    Cut a 12" x 12" swatch of fabric and measure dye with a teaspoon or tablespoon. Dissolve Tintex into 1 or 2 cups of very hot water. Each custom colour recipe may include full or partial measurements of teaspoons or tablespoons (example: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 tsp and/or Tbsp). Adjust the amount of dye as needed to get your desired custom colour. 


    Burgundy Dye Options:

    Describing how you want your colour to look like can help you know what dyes to use in your new colour formula recipe. Recently, Laurie wanted to now how to make burgundy or wine-red using Tintex. Burgundy is a rich dark red that may have some dark plum undertones. Add a deep neutral dye like: dark brown, charcoal grey or black to any Tintex red to make your colour have more depth. This way the new dye colour look will look much deeper. 

    To make burgundy, start with cardinal red (scarlet red can be subbed) and add a deep neutral dye like dark brown (charcoal grey or black can be subbed) and then add a little dark plum fabric dye (purple can be subbed). You can also make a purple colour by mixing any Tintex red & any Tintex blue (adjust amounts as needed) if you add a small amount of charcoal grey or black you will deepen the purple to be a dark plum colour. In general, you can darken any dye by adding a small amount of charcoal grey, black, navy or dark brown. 

    Basic burgundy recipe options are all for 1 cup hot water *adjust dye amounts to be darker/lighter as desired.

    • 1 Tbsp Cardinal Red + 1 Tbsp Dark Plum (Purple may be subbed with 1/4 tsp Charcoal Grey), 1 tsp Dark Brown (or sub 1.5 tsp Brown)
    • 2 tsp Cardinal Red + 1 tsp Dark Plum (Purple may be subbed with 1/4 tsp Charcoal Grey) + 1/2 tsp Dark Brown (or sub 1 tsp Brown) 
    • 4 tsp Cardinal Red + 1 tsp Charcoal Grey (or sub 1/2 tsp Black) + 1/4 tsp Dark Plum (optional)
    • 1 Tbsp Cardinal Red + 1.5 Tbsp Charcoal Grey (or sub 1 Tbsp Black) + 1/4 tsp Dark Plum (optional)

    Basic Dyeing Guide: 

    Make Pastels: any Tintex dye colour a pastel just by using less dye (example: scarlet red can make pastel pink)

    The stovetop hand dyeing method: gets the brightest or darkest colours; use double the usual amount of dye for the dry fabric weight for the most deep colours (example: black or navy blue).

    How to Mix Dyes: mix 1-3 colours together to make another colour that could be: warmer, cooler or completely different (example: scarlet red added to royal blue and purple creates hot pink).

    Make Colours Deeper: adding a small amount of a deeper dye colour will add depth and/or completely change the colour of a light dye (example: adding some black to scarlet red creates a deep, rich red)

    Warm & Cool Undertones: warm colours can have brilliant yellow or tangerine orange added to them while cool colours may have blue or charcoal grey in the mix.


      Make Pastel Spring Eggs

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      Decorated eggs are a cute addition to a spring tablescape and only need a small amount of tintex. You can easily make pastels or bright colours depending on how much dye is used or how long they are in the dye solution. Please note that these Easter eggs are for display only...Read More 
      Easter Eggs

      Vote for EFW Designers

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      Eco Fashion Week (EFW) partnered with LaSalle College Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront and Tintex Fabric Dye for the 'Chic Sheets Challenge'. This year the inspiration for the Chic Sheets Challenge was Canada. Eight students used Tintex to up-cycle the plain white sheets to be ready runway-worthy. 

      Chic Sheets 2017 Designers
      Support the designers and vote for your favourite creation here.

      New Store Shipping Update

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      Store Update

      The online Tintex Fabric Dye store has permanently changed and now every order gets free shipping! 

      Our old flat rate S&H system (varied by province or state) that was used for smaller orders is no longer available. We have also removed the special lower free delivery minimum for Ontario and Quebec. Now all provinces in Canada have the same minimum and all states in America have the same minimum. At this time we do not ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii or Alaska.

      The new Canadian order minimum is $59.50 and the new USA order minimum is $79.50. If your shopping cart total is below the minimum you will not be able to proceed after checkout.

      We appreciate that everyone may have different needs and apologize for any inconvenience this store update may cause. You may always take advantage of ordering in bulk. If you prefer getting smaller amounts you may find Tintex products at other online selling sites or Canadian retail stores.

      Green DIY's For St. Patrick's Day

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      It is that time of year again only in 2017 Greenery is the colour of the year. Add a little green just in time for St Patrick's Day with these easy DIY projects. You can use kelly/forest green or you can make your own custom colour by mixing any Tintex blue with brilliant yellow...Read more

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      Easy Valentine's Day DIY Projects

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      Get easy & fun Valentine's Day DIY's for red & pink Tintex using items that you already have at homeRead more


      How to Make Pantone's Greenery

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      Each year Pantone releases a colour that will be heavily used in many industries, including fashion and home decor. Pantone's 2017 'Colour of The Year' is Greenery. Find out how you can create Greenery using Tintex...Read more

      Greenery Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

      Dyed Holiday Garland

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      This fun fabric dye craft is suitable for beginners. See how white or light paper decorations change into something much festive. This is a great Christmas tree decoration DIY project, but you can easily change the colours for different holidays, events or parties...Read more

      Dyed Red Garland



      Dyed Wool Coat

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      We love how this custom ice-dyed wool coat project turned out. Ice dyeing can be a good way to dye delicate fabrics that are prone to shrinking. Tintex powder is sprinkled overtop the ice and as it melts the fabric may be set aside or...Read more

      Ice Dyed Wool Coat

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