DIY Sponge-Dyed Ombre Sneakers
• Syringe (1 per color) — Optional but recommended :)
• Rubber Cement — Optional
• Masking Tape — If you don’t have rubber cement
• Popsicle sticks for mixing the dye
• Fabric Dye (Liquid or Powder)
• Paintbrush (Make sure it’s clean — I suggest using a new brush; just buy the cheapest one)
• Plastic Cups for mixing dye
• Hot water
• Newspaper or anything to cover your work area
• Wear clothes you don’t mind having fabric dye spilled or splattered on
Bring out your sneakers :D (old or new)
Cover all the rubber side strips with Masking tape or Rubber Cement to block out the dye from adhering to the rubber. You can remove it afterwards or wait for it to wear off We won’t be dipping the entire shoe in the dye mixture so there’s no need to cover the soles.
Now you have to wet/soak your sneakers (canvas part only) with HOT water.
You can do so by using a paintbrush first then soaking it more with a sponge.
Make your dye mixture
Once you’re done mixing your dye mixture (darkest) ~ take out your atomizer and syringe (optional). I think the smaller atomizers will work best for sneakers as it won’t cover a large surface area. For bigger materials such as shirts, you can use the bigger atomizers (Yes, the one you use when ironing clothes)
Use your sponge to wet your sneakers again :) Make sure to cover the whole area~!
Spray the back part of your shoe with the dye bath. Careful not to over-spray :) You can always spray again :D
Step 7 :
Now take your brush, dip it in your hot water and carefully blend out your dye (Colored to white areas of your shoe). Yes, we are now creating the ‘ombre effect’.
Use more water as you get nearer the middle part of your shoe or wherever you want the ombre to end (white).
Afterwards, clean your brush and dip it again in water (clean hot water). Now carefully brush water starting from the WHITE part of your shoe to the lightest ombre — this is to remove or make any hard lines more subtle. Repeat steps until you’re satisfied with your ombre.
If you’re using only one color, you can stop here and let your sneaks dry :)
If you’re planning to have 2 or more colors, simply repeat steps 4 - 7.