VACAVILLE — T-shirts, plastic cups, permanent markers, rubbing alcohol and rubber bands were all that about 30 teens and tweens needed to express themselves at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center.
The recent tie-dying event led to some creative clothing.
Pals Chloe Bourne, of Sacramento, and Erin Ireland, of Vacaville, met about a year ago doing theater. Both will enter seventh grade when school resumes.
They chose the same design, but used different colors. Chloe said her selection of yellow, orange and pink was better suited to her wardrobe. Erin worked with pink, her favorite color, and blue. Pink goes well with blue, she said.
Serrine Viegas ventured into new territory. It was the first time the soon-to-be eighth-grader had done tie-dye.
Her original plans were for a rainbow spiral. The final work included a small rainbow spiral and a character, Jake English, from her favorite online anime, “Homestuck.”
The Grange Middle School student plans to wear the shirt to the SacAnime convention at the end of August and maybe get it autographed.
Her mother, Shirley Small, remembered doing a tie-dye T-shirt when she was about 10. She was impressed by her daughter’s creation.
“I didn’t think you could do it so quickly,” she said. “It really came out nicer than expected.”
Nice enough that Small said she might consider giving this method of tie-dyeing a try at home.
Angel Kovarik pitched in to help the youth. Her sons, Matt Kovarik and Zach Kovarik, decorated their plain white T-shirts.
“I see a lot of people wearing tie-dye,” Matt said.
His plan was to do a lot of colors, with an emphasis on his favorite: neon green.
“I just might have to go home and do this to my shirts,” Angel Kovarik said.
Beth Molyneaux, the young adult library associate at the Cultural Center branch, brainstormed with her teen advisory board for summer program ideas.
“We couldn’t do 50 things,” she said.
The choices were narrowed. Tie-dyeing appeared to be a hit as the conference room was packed. She gave the youth a brief overview on how to proceed and told them they were welcome to do a lot, or just a little, artwork on their shirts.
“You don’t have to be a fantastic artist,” Molyneaux said.
Before the instructions were finished, Serrine was already at work, having drawn a spiral with orange and red. She was just waiting on a yellow marker to use as a highlight.
The branch has one summer event remaining, which is geared toward teens. It’s a murder mystery at 6 p.m. Aug. 1.
More information on summer programs at the library branches can be found at www.solanolibrary.com.
Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.