Dye Resist Swirl Shoe Makeover

August 12, 2013Allison Murray

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

This is the tale of a girl who saw a pair of shoes in her head that she really wanted and after two attempts didn’t really get exactly what she’s looking for. That girl is me and I’m about to share with you my two craft fails of shoe makeovers. Now a craft fail is something that doesn’t turn out as planned. And while neither pair turned out as I wanted, I’m very happy with how one pair turned out (the ones in the pic above).

So while sometimes things don’t work out exactly as we planned, making them technically craft fails (and it seems like that has happened A LOT this week!) – that doesn’t mean that what we created is a total fail. Let me explain…

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

Here are my plain white tennies right in the beginning. See that weird splotch on the shoe on the right? That’s glue but I totally didn’t see it here.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I bought these wax dye resist crayons at Hobby Lobby (they’re in the arts/watercolor section) for $4.99. I remember using these as a kid and so I was really stoked to find them again.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I took the crayon and drew swirls all over the canvas. It was a pain in the  neck because I couldn’t see the wax hardly on the shoes. See what I’m talking about? Or perhaps I mean don’t see?

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I temporarily emptied out a clear storage bin and filled it with salt, hot water and some red liquid dye.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

And then I placed my sneakers into the the tub and turned them canvas side down. Then I waited for about an hour. At this point I already knew that this DIY didn’t turn out as planned. Crap.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

And this is how they came out after rinsed and dried. Blah. You can hardly even see the swirls. But look at that big white blob. That’s where the glue was I didn’t see at first. Which gave me an idea!

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I busted out my tacky glue and a brush figuring that since it worked really well for that one spot, it should do great as a resist, right?

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I painted my glue on in swirls and I was really  happy with the fact that I could actually see what I was doing!

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

I tossed them in the dye as soon as the glue was dry, but by this time my vat of dye had gone cold. I left them in for an hour anyway.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

When rinsed and dried the shoes weren’t hardly the red I was hoping for, BUT the swirls wer exactly what I was wanting!

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

Here’s the side by side. The shoes on the left are the perfect red! But the swirls suck. The shoes on the right have perfect swirls but the color is hardly the red I was hoping for.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

In the end, I laced up the tacky glue pair and tossed the others in my DIY shoe bin for a new makeover on a new day.

Check out two different options for dye resist. The most successful attempt uses something you probably already have on hand!

And while these puppies aren’t exactly what I wanted, they’re still really cute and I’m very happy with them! So my final thought is if doing a dye resist on a pair of canvas shoes, I’d really suggest going the way of the tacky glue. The dye resist crayons are awesome but definitely  not suited for this particular project.

Here are the materials I recommend for DIY dye resist canvas sneakers:

That’s all for today! Will you be painting up some sneaks with tacky glue any time soon?

 

Comments (2)

  • Alexa

    August 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    You might try this using clear gel Tacky Glue instead of the original. It may turn out slightly different or whiter in the resist areas.

    1. Allison

      August 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      I’ll give that a go, Alexa! I had clear but didn’t even think of it. Thanks!

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