What can a person do with some acrylic paints, brushes, some nifty new paint markers, and a favorite pair of old but comfy shoes?
Get some STYLE my friend!
Ready? Find a pair of shoes, preferably leather. My favorite comfy shoes were my first try - they couldn't look any worse so there was nothing to lose eh? My next pair were a great pair of NAOT's (one of the very few brands that fit me.) I think these were as cheap as they were on Ebay because they were kind of an ugly color. Maybe you'll have the same luck as I did there.
You'll need: shoes, fingernail polish remover, gesso, acrylic paint, spray sealer. Optional - sharpie, paint markers.
Take the shoes and clean them up as much as you can then rub a little nail polish remover all over them . It roughs them up and removes any finishes so the paint will stick to the leather.
Chose one or several base paint colors and block them in. That just means put the colors where you want them. I used textile paint because those happened to be the paints I have on hand. I did choose opaque paints rather than transparent in order to get better coverage.
I like using the paint markers next to doodle in some shapes. You could also choose to start out with the sharpie and doodle designs onto your color blocks. On the blue shoes I painted blue first, purple next, used the sharpies, then filled in spots with the paint markers. For the red shoes, I knew I wanted them to be RED, RED, RED so I kept it monochromatic. I was so excited about the paint markers that I played with those first then filled in around them with the sharpies.
I just bought a pair of the most comfortable shoes in white on clearance to try this with (trying to not wear flip flops all the time). Thanks for the amazing inspiration.
wow - they are beautiful! Can you paint mine : )
these are absolutely amazing - both pairs!! how inspiring!
these are awesome! i paint a lot of converse shoes with textile paint but have limited dexterity using brushes and foam rollers. using the markers is tres brilliant!!!
Okay those are officially the coolest shoes ever! How fun!
Can you tell me how the paint is keeping up on the shoes? doesn't it crack at the most moving points of the shoes when you walk on the shoes?
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