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Shoes? Yes shoes! I've decided to branch out and try painting something other than nails. These shoes are a great way to show off your style at school! This design is incredibly simple - This was my first time using acrylic paints ever and it turned out pretty fantastic. These shoes are DURABLE, and since I used a fabric acrylic paint, they're MACHINE-WASHABLE also! This step-by-step instructable will show you exactly how to make these adorable shoes. Please rate, leave comments, follow me, and check out my other designs! (Might I add that my Arizona Tea Nails http://www.instructables.com/id/Cherry-Blossom-Nails/ would match these shoes perfectly?) Thank you for the view and I hope you enjoy! :)
 
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Step 1: Materials

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I used these to make my design. What you will need: White canvas shoes ($15 Payless), paper towels, a cup of water, one medium paint brush, one small paint brush, a plastic lid to hold paint on, and acrylic paints in the following colors: black, white, pink, cool blue, bright green, and gold. (Small paints are $1.69 at Michaels)

Step 2: Beginning

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Removing the laces first, mix green, blue, and white together until you get a minty green paint. Then use the medium paint brush to paint your shoe. Cover the entire canvas with mint green paint- don't forget the tongue!

Step 3: Trim

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Wait 2-4 hours for the green paint to dry, and then get the gold, pink, and black paint ready. Using the small paint brush, paint the trim gold. Don't forget the trim on the tongue! If you mess up and paint on the green- you can always mix up some more mint paint and retouch it.

Step 4: Blossoms

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Clean the gold paint off the small paint brush using water and paper towels and dip the brush into the black paint. Begin painting the branches. Clean the black off the brush, and using the small brush with pink paint, paint the cherry blossoms. Clean the brush once more and dip it into the black paint again to add detail to the cherry blossoms.
fonzuzu2 years ago
U just gave me a great idea. I have a pair of hideous white canvas shoes with a green sole that we had to wear to my school's ports day. I had no use for them , but now i can probably paint them up! Can acrylic paints be used?
NailsByMia (author)  fonzuzu1 year ago
They sure can! I used acrylic fabric paints for my shoes.
BarginsTech2 years ago
Mucho Mango ones!!! Ommmmgggg :D haha so jeallyyy!!! Great idble!!
clewis212 years ago
Fabulous! I love these!
Wonderful tutorial, you make it look so simple, I am going to give it a try !
wanna beco2 years ago
Wow, these are very nice. I had a pair of vans as a kid that were a beach scene when I put them together. I had them airbrushed for about 25 bucks. Yours are so cool that I bet we end up seeing them in stores. You chose the perfect part of the can to accent on your shoe. I love your creativity!
BtheBike2 years ago
Send em a link to your shoes. Maybe they send you tea for life =)
pattymadeit2 years ago
~LOVE these~
I am not a fan of Arizona tea - but have always loved their artistic cans .... to do that design on shoes - genius!
For longer wear and tear - cover the whole surface with Mod Podge! Dries clear. Makes all of your hard work more durable and water resistant.
Tip: I have found that when I use Mod Podge on fabric - sometimes it leaves the surface a bit "tacky" .... a fine mist of a matte finish clear spray paint seals it up!
zanne1012 years ago
Really cute!

I've been trying to move to Arizona for years! Now I can put it on my shoes and remind my friends constantly :-}

Love the tea, but the word is the thing for me.

BTW, would the CitraSolv method work for this instead of hand painting?
CrystalDyes2 years ago
Darling shoes! My g-daughters love to do stuff like this. One suggestion tho: If your paint is not for textiles, add some 'textile medium' to the paint so it won't crack and flake off after wearing for awhile. Allow paint to dry for at least a week before attempting to wash the shoes. Handwashing as opposed to machine is recommended.
dagob2 years ago
Excelent job! What a talent!!! Thumbs UP
Li Sashay2 years ago
Lovely!
AluraDankk2 years ago
Very impressive! I know a billion people out here who would squeal and do happy dances for shoes like these. Right on!
Beautiful! Love those Cherry Blossoms!
Gorgeous. :D
farzadbayan2 years ago
Wow! It's so beautiful! Like to wear them!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Now I want iced tea. Can I have a sip of your shoe, please?
Awesome!
09 monk2 years ago
this is sick
sunshiine2 years ago
This is awesome! You are so artistic!
Sunshiine