For this project, you will need Inkodye, a brush, straight pins, and of course a pair of light-colored canvas shoes. We recommend a pair of Vans Classic Slip-Ons. For this project, instead of a printed negative, we will be using plastic wrap and dark paint pens to freehand our design.
Step 3: Stuff
Pack the shoe tight with paper to give yourself a firm work surface.
Step 4: Coat
Working indoors, apply Inkodye to the areas of the shoe you would like to print. Remember that Inkodye will works great on natural fabric, but will not print well on any rubber or plastic parts of the shoe.
Step 5: Wipe
Use a paper towel to clear away excess dye. Be sure to also clean up any drips that may have gotten onto the rubber.
Step 6: Wrap
Cover the shoe in three or four layers of plastic wrap. Some brands of paint pen may dissolve the top layer of plastic, so extra layers will keep the paint from reaching the shoe.
Step 7: Draw
Have fun and sketch to your heart’s content!
Step 8: Tip.
Be sure to fully fill in black areas. Remember thicker lines will generally make a better print.
Step 9: Pin
It is important that the plastic wrap makes contact with the whole shoe, otherwise your print will turn out blurry. Place straight pins wherever you see the plastic wrap raising up.
Step 10: Repeat
You didn't forget about your second shoe, did you?
Step 11: Expose
Bring the shoes into the sun and let the Inkodye work its magic. Be sure to turn the shoes every few minutes so the color develops evenly on all sides.
Step 12: Wait
Leave the shoes outside until the color is bold and vibrant. Our shoes took about 15 minutes to expose on a sunny afternoon.
Step 13: Reveal
Bring the shoes indoors and carefully remove the pins and plastic wrap. Things are looking good!
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