Dyed Silk Scarf

by Ilina Crouse

Use alcohol inks to customize a beautiful silk scarf.


  • Alcohol based markers (Chameleon pens used here)

  • Alcohol based re-inkers (Chameleon re-inkers used here)

  • Silk scarf (any shape or size, square one used here)

  • Droppers

  • Rubbing alcohol or Colorless blender


  1. Step 1

    Fold the silk scarf 4-ply.

    Using alcohol markers and re-inkers, make your design. Make sure the colors bleed through all four layers.

  2. TIP:
    Use droppers for applying re-inkers.

  3. Step 2

    Apply rubbing alcohol (or colorless blender) using a dropper over all areas where you applied markers and re-inkers. This will cause the colors to bleed into each other and create fun patterns.

  4. NOTE:
    Re-inkers bleed more when rubbing alcohol is applied over them, whereas the markers bleed less.

  5. Step 3

    For more vibrant color, let the project dry completely. If you want more subtle colors, don’t dry it completely.

  6. Step 4

    Wash the scarf in cold water.

    If you don’t let the scarf dry completely in step 3, wash it until you see clean water running out of it, as some of the color will wash off.

    Let it dry, iron it, and enjoy it.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dyed Silk Scarf. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love your scarf; the final result was just beautiful. Made me think of spring flowers but we are too far away for that. I myself have been experimenting with alcohol inks on different mediums. It's fun to watch the magic that happens as the colour blooms. The colours stay so vibrant through the process; even when the colours overlap. I do need to pick up some droppers and rubbing alcohol as blending solution is to expensive for basically the same thing.
Heather  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 4:57 AM
Love it! What a fantastic idea. Now I need to go find a silk scarf. My only problem is I can't decide if I want shades of reds and yellows, or shades of blue and green. Might have to make two of them. Thank you for an excellent tutorial.
Barney  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 6:48 AM
WOW, this is fabulous! Love the color palette!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM
Love, love this tutorial and will try it for sure!
Isabel M Dorfner  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM
Thank you for this inspiring, eye-opening project. Your scarf is gorgeous! I love the idea of stretching our card making supplies in simple ways to make other lovely things. You made my day.
Patti  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 9:29 AM
Just lovely. Can you tell us where you got your scarf?
Martha Miller  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 9:31 AM
Martha / Barney we have a link to some in the newsletter here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/newsletter/jan112017/
lydia  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 9:39 AM
Your scarf is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
Marilyn  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM
I didn't have a silk scarf and couldn't find one so I got a yard of material ($1.12) at Walmart and will make my own!
muscrat  |  Wed Jan 11, 2017 at 12:11 PM
how can I tell if the reinkers I want to use are the correct ink? (I have StampinUp! reinkers)
Kim  |  Thu Jan 12, 2017 at 2:08 PM
Kim, the Stampin' Up! reinkers are water based, so they'll wash out. You need ink that is alcohol based, such as Chameleon Pens, Copic, Ranger Alcohol inks etc
Ilina Crouse  |  Fri Jan 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM
does the end result need any fixing to keep the colour permanent and would it also work on osnaberg - thanks
Sally Riley  |  Sat Jan 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM
Hi! This is wonderful!
Could this technique be used on other fabrics? Cotton / poly blends? Thanks & regards!
Jude G  |  Wed Mar 8, 2017 at 5:52 AM
wonderful instructions. I want to do it!
mary mitchell  |  Thu Apr 6, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Page 1 of 1 pages

You need to be logged in to comment