A DIY splat-dyeing technique, first developed by an Australian woman, has become an internet sensation, and now, with the help of a YouTube channel, it’s even being used in restaurants.
A few years ago, Lisa Jones started the channel, The Red and the Black, which has a devoted following of people who have a deep affinity for the DIY splatters that have been a staple of the American food and drink scene since the late 1960s.
Jones started The Red & the Black with a simple idea: to save the skin of men’s and women’s hands and fingers.
“I started out just thinking that if we could get people to stop using chemical-based products and start using our own, I would be able to save my hands and feet from all the chemicals that we use in cosmetics and so forth,” she says.
The Red, Black and Blue splatters are made by making two identical bottles with a single layer of white plastic on top, then covering them with the same layer of black plastic.
The bottles are then placed in a bath of liquid nitrogen to allow water to drip down the side and soak into the plastic.
Once the liquid nitrogen has evaporated, the liquid is left in the bottles, which are then poured into a pan of boiling water to evaporate the water.
Once that has happened, a mixture of a little water and a little bleach is added to the water and allowed to evaporated.
The bleach is then used to make the red and blue splatters, and then a layer of water is added, to allow it to drip off and to evaporates into the pan.
The red and black splatters can be made at home for as little as $5.
The Blue splatter is about $40.
To use the splatters at home, Jones and her friends take a couple of sheets of newspaper and roll them up, then put them on the bottom of a bowl, and they stick them into a spray bottle.
The paper is then placed into the bowl, the splatter sheet is placed into a plastic bag, and the plastic is then dipped into the spray bottle and the bottle is sprayed onto the splattered paper.
Once it has soaked through, it is put in the fridge overnight, then the next morning it is ready to use.
To save your hands, Jones says you can do this with any type of spray bottle, from the cheap ones that you can buy at the supermarket to the pricey ones that she’s found at her local hardware store.
She has a couple that she makes at home that are available for a small price, but if you want a more permanent splatter, she suggests you purchase a plastic spray bottle from Amazon.
Jones says she has been using her homemade splatters since she started her channel in 2014, but she’s still amazed by the number of people that have come across her channel, which is why she’s decided to start another one.
“It’s a very creative process, I find it really helps me to keep up with the trends,” she explains.
Jones is currently the sole owner of The Red (which means she has to keep it at home).
She is also working on a second channel, called The Blue (which is all about making splatters for men’s but not women), and hopes to have both channels up and running within a year.
“When I started doing The Red it was the best thing I had ever done.
I’ve now got it all together and have made a couple more of these and have found that they really help my hands,” she jokes.
One of the main reasons for Jones making the splat and the bleach was that she felt she needed to share her DIY techniques with people who are not familiar with them.
“There is a lot of ignorance in the public about DIY splats and bleach, which I think is quite unfair, and it has definitely helped me out,” she adds.
Jones has since received several positive feedback from her channel and she’s been receiving calls from men and women who want to try it out.
“They say, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.
Can you give me a tip on how to do this?’ and it’s a lot easier for them to do it,” she tells me.
“A lot of people are just looking for something different than what’s already out there.”
Jones says the splats that she creates are often made in her kitchen, but some people have suggested that they can be used in a hotel, a bar or in a restaurant, where the cost is less.
“In general, the cost of making these is less than what a splat is going for.
It takes longer to do, but the splashes are much more fun,” she concludes.
“My hope is that people will start seeing the splatin and the dye in their kitchen, and I think people will get more creative.”
You can learn more about how to make splatters and