Personalizing shoes is a fun activity for both adults and children who love to paint and express themselves in artistic ways. Shoes can have any pattern the designer wishes. The first thing to do, before even buying the shoes, is to have a basic idea of what you are going to draw. Take careful consideration when buying your shoes, the most important factor is the fabric and color. Do not buy non- shoes, athletic shoes, leather shoes, or shoes with a lot of texture. If you want an intricate pattern, I suggest high-top converse with a plain canvas material because these shoes will offer a large flat space on both sides on the shoe. If you are interested in smaller designs, buy either canvas flats or something like Keds or Vans. If you buy white or light colored shoes you can use fabric markers and sharpies to color your art, giving it a smooth natural look. Darker color shoes are going to need acrylic paint so that the images can be visible.
Step 1: Preperation
Get materials ready and remove laces from shoes.
1. Plain fabric based shoes like converse, vans, or keds.
2. Acrylic paint-depending on the pattern, I suggest red, blue, yellow, brown, white, and black. These basic colors can be mixed into any color you need.( In theory you don't need brown, but I suggest it because hand mixed brown is often grayer and less appealing than store bought brown)
4. Firm small paint brushes, preferably nylon
5.paper plate (to pour the paint on)
3. A Black Sharpie
4. Clear Varnish- matte, satin or gloss. I recommend the spray on from Rust-oleum or Krylon.
Optional: Fabric markers (if decorating a light colored shoes)
Optional: Black sharpie pen, for those really fine details