Friday, May 6, 2016

Tie Dye Canvas Shoes with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol!

You can use any Sharpie colors. You probably want to make sure that any colors that touch will blend properly. I was careful to ROYGBIV all of my colors. If you draw purple and orange together, you'll get blended brown (which you may want- I don't know your life). Same with red/green, blue/orange, and purple/green. 
 Any canvas shoes will work. White is nice, but not necessary. As long as the ink shows on the fabric, you can work with any color ink or base.

Draw. Make them match. Or not. Up to you.

Use a pipette or spray bottle to apply undiluted rubbing alcohol to the shoes. Sharpies have an alcohol-based ink, so the alcohol dilutes and blends the lines, and softens the edges. The colors will start blending almost immediately. It's fun to watch.

Left is before alcohol, right is after

Prettiest shoe insides ever.

Wear gloves

Let the ink cure for 24 hours, then rinse in cold water to get rid of any residual alcohol. Allow to dry.

Lace 'em up, and WOOT!

Sharpie ink is not water soluble, so my feet will not be tie-dyed if the shoes get wet.


mary said...

Great idea!!! I think I'm going to have to try this.

Unknown said...

Very cool!!! Love them.