Make It: Painted Shoescomments (17) September 12th, 2008 in gallery
Hi, crafters! Pictured here is a pair of Vans I designed and painted for a friend of my daughter. Altogether, research, design, and execution took about 30 hours, but this was my first attempt. They turned out great and have generated a lot of interest, so it was worth it! Anyone can spruce up an old pair of shoes with this method and a little creativity; I use my own drawings, but you could always just get your inspiration from things you find online, off greeting cards, or from magazines. Be creative!
This project was commissioned by my daughter's friend. These shoes are a custom, one-of-a-kind type design. Here is my process:
I started by asking her friend to tell me a bit about herself (likes/ dislikes, style). She told me that she loves classic tattoo-style art and Graffiti/Urban-style art. I knew her friends called her "Ducky" and she told me her boyfriend of two years is nicknamed "Tank"; I took that information and my own artistic style (skeletal/complement/contrast, colors) and sketched out the basic elements of the design.
The next step was the most critical step in my process , which is to draw on paper a pair of shoes with my design on them (like the drawing of a work in progress shown in the bottom photo). I did this to get an idea of image placement, since this design was not a mirror image and they needed to complement each other. Once I was happy with the look/fluidity, I took a pen to the shoes. I found that using a light-colored permanent marker directly on the shoe worked for outlining the placement of the images. Once the outlining was done, I just started painting! I used waterproof fabric paint in various colors to start and had to mix some colors myself for the right shades. I used a layering technique to get the clarity and vibrancy that works for me. Glitter fabric paint is also great for adding accents and highlights. The final look is beautiful, wearable, and personalized. Give it a try!
Pattern or design used: My own design - Danyelle Ortega-Roberts