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Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color!

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

Ombre is a trend that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. And I’m totally cool with that because I am a big, big fan of the technique. A color fading to white, what’s cooler than that?

I also love that it looks great in so many colors… From red to purple to aqua you can ombre up absolutely any color for total fantastic-ness. And in this particular tutorial you’ll learn how to ombre up a pair of sneakers in just about ANY color you please. That’s because for this project we’re using acrylic paint rather than fabric paint which has a limited range of colors. If you’ve never visited the craft acrylic paint section, prepare to have your mind blown because they truly have just about every color you could ever imagine!

For this project you will need:

  • white sneakers
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint in a color + white
  • textile medium

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

There are several different brands of textile medium so grab whichever you please. This stuff “makes regular acrylics permanent for painting on fabric”. Mix your base color of paint up with the ratio advised on the bottle.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

And get after it! Start by painting the heel of the shoe in your base color.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any ColorAnd bring it around to the side, about a quarter of the length of the shoe.Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

Bust out your white paint next and add a dollop to your acrylic paint/textile medium mixture leaving about half of the paint as the original color. You can just mix this up with your brush.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

Bring the second color down about another quarter of the length of the shoe.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

Continue the previous two steps, adding white to about half of the mixture of paint (the lighter part that is) and then going down another 1/4 of the length leaving the toe of the shoe white.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

Go back in with your paints and try to feather the paint from one color to the next. As you can see in the pic I didn’t do an ab fab job everywhere but no worries because you can’t tell while I am wearing them.

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

These babies are ready to wear!

Shoe Makeover: Ombre Painted Sneakers in Any Color

And as I said before, you can make these in just about ANY color! So head on down to your local craft store and check out that acrylic paint section and get to painting!