Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Blueprint Social. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
So let's diy some shoes, friends. More importantly, ombré shoes!
The artist in me loves ombré. I love the delicate, painterly vibe it brings and I'm happy the trend has been around for a while now. I've used this technique with watercolor and acrylic paint, but never with dye. When I Love to Create sent me some of their Tulip One-Step Tie Dye, I knew I had to try it. I used some on this project and loved the results, so I was eager to try it on a pair of shoes. I really like the One Step because the dye is permanent and color-fast and the color doesn't fade in the wash, which is great.
What you'll need:
Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit
2-3 small containers for water
Optional: spray bottle (filled with water), painter's tape (to tape off sole of shoe)
The One-Step Tie Dye Kit contains three colors. I loved the Vibrant kit because of the Violet and Lime. Follow the instructions on the box -- it's so easy, guys. The powdered dye is already in the plastic bottles and all you have to do is add water and shake. That's it!
Since ombré is essentially a technique of gradually blending colors (either multiple colors or from light to dark), you may want to start off with a wet shoe. If this is your first time trying the ombré, water will help you create those seamless blends. You can either spritz your shoe with a spray bottle filled with water or you can wet your shoes before. I used a brush and added a just bit of water ahead of each area I blended, for more control.
I added some dye into a plastic cup so I could easily dip the brush in it, instead of using the squeeze bottle the tie dye came in.
|If you want to protect the side of your shoe, you can use painter's tape.|
When you're ready to introduce the second color, the water will do most of the blending work. Always extend the dye toward the back of the shoe.
Once I added the Violet, I used more water to make it gradually lighter. Keep adding water to your brush and this will help achieve a perfect blend.
|Once you're finished, cover shoes in plastic to keep damp and let set 6-8 hours. Rinse as directed in the Tulip directions.|
How cute are these shoes? Perfect for those first few days of school when your kids want stand out from the crowd. I really liked applying the dye this way -- so simple and the colors are so vibrant.
A big thanks to my friends over at I Love to Create!