Tangram Sweater

Tangrams. Once you graduated to middle school you thought you’d never look back, but now, with a little bit of Inkodye you can dust off those tangrams and make a fashion statement. There are over 6500 possible shape configurations!

You may have flashbacks about being last to pick a toy during 20 minute recess and getting stuck with tangrams. Well, this time around it’s all different. Tangrams on your own terms can make a totally epic fashion statement.


Inkodye ↗
Inkowash ↗
Tangram set
Cotton sweater
Foam brush
Small mixing bowl or cup
Cardboard or foamcore
Gather materials

1. Gather materials

Dust off your old Tangram set, grab a sweater and your Inkodye. You’ll need a sponge brush, a piece of cardboard & a small mixing bowl. 

Tip: place the sweater on a wooden board or movable flat surface that can easily be taken outside.

Insert board

2. Insert board

Insert a flat piece of cardboard, foamcore or hard plastic in your sweater to prevent Inkodye from bleeding through to the back of your shirt.

Tape area

3. Tape area

For straight lines, use masking or blue painters tape and press down firmly so Inkodye doesn’t bleed under the tape. If you are more of a ‘color outside the lines’ kind of person, try it freehand!

Mix colors Mix colors

4. Mix colors

Use just one color straight out of the bottle or experiment with your own Inkodye color concoction! If using multiple colors,stir together with your sponge brush until colors are blended nicely.

Apply Inkodye Apply Inkodye

5. Apply Inkodye

Paint a nice, even coat of Inkodye on your sweater. No need to over-saturate, but be sure you apply a coat of Inkodye to the entire space.

Go wild!

6. Go wild!

Place your tangrams in any configuration you choose. 

Tip: If you Google images of tangrams, there are plenty of ideas and how-to’s for animals, airplanes, letters…the sky’s the limit!

Expose Expose

7. Expose

Take the board with your sweater out into the sun and watch the Inkodye color come to life!

To ensure even sun exposure, rotate the wood surface a few times during development to avoid shadows and soft lines. Be careful not to move the tangram pieces when rotating the board. 


8. Remove

After 10-12 minutes, take your sweater inside and remove tangram blocks.


9. Wash

Use Inkowash to wash off undeveloped Inkodye. It’s best to use a washing machine so the sweater is agitated during wash.

You're done!

10. You're done!

Enjoy your tangram sweater and a spot o’ tea!