Canvas Shoes!





Good News Everyone!

You're all probably wondering why I've gathered you all here today, well I have a fun project for you! A project that will make you the coolest Bat around!

The Concepts:

You can transfer an image onto a canvas by covering the back of said image with graphite/lead pencil (simply shading like a maniac with your pencil) and then tracing the front of the image by following the lines to produce a transfer onto another surface.


  • Canvas Shoes (Try Walmart or Old Navy)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Pens (non Bleeding)
  • Staedtler Markers/Pens (OPTIONAL, but seriously these are great)
  • Printer paper

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Step 1: Step 1: Transfer

First: Fill the shoe with newspaper to help it hold a firm shape. Try and do a good job of this and make the surface smooth and workable.

Now here is where your creative outputs really come in handy. You can either create your own work of art or if you're so inclined or simply print an image you find interesting and begin by covering the back of said image in pencil graphite/lead and tracing (with the shaded side down) the image onto the canvas shoe.

Step 2: Step 2: Ink It

Yes. Ink it. That is all.

Actually no, you need to understand a few things here, unless you have very distinct markers/pens youre gonna need to work on shading this in creative ways, I find crossed lines and the distance between lines adds this effect. Use this to your advantage and test your markers on a spare sheet of paper to make sure you can produce the colour/shade or effect you desire.

Step 3: Step 3: Get Creative

The design on the sides of Batman shoe was done freehand and so was the Joker's mouth, its adapted from a comic cover. All in all I used 4 different markers to make this.


DO: Spray your canvas shoes with Clear Acrylic if you would like to protect your art.

DON'T: Stop believing, hold onto that feeling.



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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    #1...Awesome Bro! The Bat is the way to go with art.

    #2...when you say spray the art with Clear you mean...simply Spray Paint Krylon or something? Or it is a certain type of spray you recommend instead?

    Thanks in advance.

    1 reply

    #1: You're too kind.

    #2: I did in fact use krylon (Crystal Clear), its worked well for me and I think it will serve you well too!

    No worries! Cheers.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Last line. Full of awesome. (Also, this project is really cool. Elementary school-style tracing into sweet custom kicks? Nice.)

    1 reply

    Have you ever tried this with carbon paper?

    Do the colors fade after a while even after being sprayed?

    THAT PICTURE you drew is totally awesome!!!

    1 reply

    Hey the carbon paper is an awesome idea!! My shoes have all remained as neat as the day I sealed them with acrylic, I think you should be safe. Thank you, I am somewhat of a Batman admirer.


    5 years ago

    It's the type if thing you can buy and then once drawn on, can be sold for more!

    1 reply
    Chicken Spit

    5 years ago

    I wouldn't have guessed Bat Man was a south-pawed bassist!