Monday, April 11, 2016

Ice Dyeing.....Sneakers

Things don't always turn out as planned...

I purchased these sneakers to participate in a

Graffiti Sneaker play day...

I was ill the day of the play day

so the sneakers sat there lonely...

A couple weeks later:

I soaked the sneakers in soda ash...

These are the dye colors I chose:

Turquoise, Sweet Alyssum, Fuchsia Red

The sneakers are placed in buckets,

Ice cubes piled on top,

dye powder on top of ice...

Several hours later the ice is melting...

The baby sneakers aren't getting very dark...

The big sneakers are taking the dye very well...

3 days is all melted

The baby shoes are not 100% cotton........sigh

After soaking, washing and drying:

The baby shoes are merely stained.

The big sneakers grabbed all the Fuchsia 

and not much else.

They need something more...

I decided to have my own private

Graffiti Sneaker play day:

After testing lots and lots of 

markers of all kinds...

The Sharpie fine point worked the best!

The staining made a great background for the

Graffiti work.

I decided to draw quilting motifs 

on my sneakers

I have been drawing quilting motifs in my

sketch book lately...

so I was all warmed up and ready 

to draw on the shoes

Yes, this was great FUN!

Get out your shoes and give this a try!

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


  1. It has not been as expected, but it was good. The shoes are now an exclusive design :)

  2. Oooh, I absolutely love the outcome of those sneakers, gorgeous!

  3. Oh my, is your screen wet? I'm drooling over here. Absolutely love your quilt doodled shoes. Total #CreativeGoodness


  4. How do you fix the sharpie design? Or do you just keep out of any puddles!!!

  5. I used sharpie permanent markers.