How to paint canvas sneakers?

I would like to get information on how to paint (decorate) canvas sneakers. I have been looking for information on the web, but I havent had much luck. I do screenprinting and I would like to do so on the sneakers, but as they have an irregular shape, it is very difficult to print them the traditional way. It seems like it can only be done by hand. I am a better artis on the computer than by hand, so I would rather do it some other way. I thought about using a stencil, but I am not sure if it will work. Does somebody decorate shoes? Can you tell me how can I do it? What kind of inks should I use? Where do I get them? I will appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you!

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Charles IV8 years ago
Acrylic Paint
FrenchCrawler11 years ago
Not sure since I've never done it myself, but perhaps you can try:
That way you can print out a design and trace it...
Titere (author)  FrenchCrawler11 years ago
Thank you FrenchCrawler, I might try that. It gives a personalized touch to the piece. There is a similar method I could use with screenprinting, so I will also try that. Any more ideas?
The freezer paper technique is probably the one to go with. As long as you can iron it onto the shoe, you can have a clean design by applying fabric paint with a stencil brush.
I have had decent success with contact paper (or even shelf paper). It does not require heat (but a blow dryer helps) but the trade-off is a less tight seal (I've gotten a little bit of ink seepage).
Titere (author)  trebuchet0311 years ago
Hey trebuchet03, I would like to know more about this. Are planning to do an Instructable about this? Can you tell me more? Thank you!