I've been wanting to alter these plain Jane canvas shoes for quite some time, and I've finally found a fun and easy way to add some color. Just in time for summer!
You will need:
- Canvas shoes
- Rubbing alcohol
- A sponge, cotton pad, or dropper (something to drip the rubbing alcohol onto the shoe)
- Your choice of Sharpies
- Tester fabric (optional)
To get colors to fade, color across the shoe with one or two colors, and immediately drip the rubbing alcohol over the color. To do this I poured some rubbing alcohol in a bowl, used the cotton pad to soak some up, and squeezed the pad over the color. The more rubbing alcohol, the more it spreads. You don't want to wait too long to drip the rubbing alcohol, because the sharpie ink could dry permanently.
~ Color and drip, color and drip... ~
|The teal in the middle didn't spread well, so I went back over with a blue that did|
A few tips:
- If you want to go back over a section, try to wait till it's a little dry at least. If you color on parts still really damp with rubbing alcohol, you'll dry out your marker.
- If you must and you're impatient like me, then go ahead. When the marker appears like there's no ink coming out, then grab a scrap sheet and color till it's revived.
- The ink spreads in all directions; experiment with other shapes and patterns if you'd like!
- Sharpie.com goes into greater depth about this technique.
Once you're all done, leave them out to dry over night. Once they're completely dry, the ink will stop spreading. Don't be afraid to go over a few spots if you feel like it! I did a OOTD post earlier with these shoes, if you want more pictures. I think they came out pretty great; I want more!
Let me know if you make these and how they turned out for ya! Hope you liked the tutorial; feel free to post any questions.