My recommendations for this project would be first find some inexpensive shoes to work on. Have the studs done at the end after the painting is complete. Just find a factory that can do the studs for a couple of bucks. Finally go out and buy a some quality spray paint enamel. The paint used here is early edition Belton Molotow. On a side note I stick to this paint brand because they also manufacture the Li tips which are used ubiquitously.
brand new skate shoes with synthetic upper
shoe box with tissue
liquid masking fluid
Belton Molotow Paint
NY fat cap (Li)
cheap craft brush (for effects)
nice synthetic bristle brush (for masking fluid)
Step 1: Stud Setter Tips
Step 2: Masking Off
Step 3: Fat Cap Dot
Step 4: Splatter Effects
This step requires a lot of masking on the shoe and the surrounding area. The splatter is very messy so were old clothing that can get stained. Also put down a drop cloth or old towel on the ground, where the painting takes place.
First make sure the paint has been well shaken, then fill the spray paint cap with paint. put a half inch of paint into the lid. Clear the nozzle of the spray can by holding it upside down and spraying till only aerosol comes out.
As you load the craft brush dip it in almost to where the bristle are held. Lightly Flick a little back into the lid so that the first flick isn’t too blobby. Next hold the brush in a upright angle so it doesn’t drip as it makes its way to the shoe. This next step is done quickly so that paint can't drip off the brush with out being flicked. Hold the brush two to three inches over the shoe and flick the brush handle with your other hand. Here is what is going on in detail, while one hand loosely holds the brush over the shoe the other hands the index and thumb flicks the handle. The flick only works three times before it needs to be reloaded with paint. Make sure the flick doesn’t send the brush colliding with the shoe, the brush doesn’t make any actual contact with the shoe at all. An advanced splatter technique will flick the paint at an angle to produce action lines. Don’t let any paint get flicked on other areas of the shoe.
Step 5: Controlled Drips
Load the eyedropper half way with paint from the cap. Hold the shoe at an angle so gravity guides the angle of the drip. By changing the angle of how the shoe is held, the speed and direction of the drips can be controlled. The eyedropper like the brush has to be held up right so it doesn't drip. When the eye dropper is squeezed its done slowly and carefully. Use the drinking straw to blow the drip across the shoe. When a drip comes to a stop at some stitching, move the dropper to the stitch and continue to flow paint over the stitch.
Each shoe has two drips a long one and a short one. When a drip reaches the appropriate size set the shoe down so that gravity doesn’t allow it to drip any further. Sometimes it is necessary the hold the shoe in the opposite angle to allow the drip to bleed backwards, this technique will prevent the drip from getting a big blob at its bottom. When both drips are finished set the shoe down with the painted surface up and allow them a half an hour to dry.
Later on I plan on posting a short video to demonstrating this technique. This entire project was documented with a iphone and no one was available to hold the camera for these painting steps.