My early attempts with leather stain were messy, awkward, and always too dark. I pretty much resigned myself to dark colors and floods. Then a friend, Eric Trine, started playing with dye in a spray bottle, and I was instantly intrigued. The results looked quite cool. So, after giving it another try, I’m here to tell you about a much more fun method — using the spray bottle.
Small bottles of dye are somewhat inexpensive, mini spray bottles are about $2, and a scrap of natural leather is quite cheap. All of these items can be found online or at your local Tandy Leather store. Here’s my example, but use this lesson as a start to experiment even further. Go with more solid coverage, try stripes, paint the dye with a brush, tie-dye thinner leathers — there are lots of possibilities!
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