One shoe...Three different ways of making it yours and truly unique. All you need to start is a white canvas shoe, this one was found at Kmart, but there are many other places you can find a perfect shoe for this project. Have fun!
1. Homre Ombre...
- 2 paintbrushes
Step 1: Moisten your entire shoe with water using a clean paintbrush.
Step 2: Choose your color from your watercolor paints and start at the toe of the shoe, using a different paintbrush
Step 3: Really saturate the toe of the shoe with paint. Be generous. I went about half way up the toe and stopped
Step 4: Take your clean water brush, dip it in water place it at the toe of the shoe and "pull" the paint towards the back of the shoe. Repeat this process until shoe is covered. I wanted the emphasis on the Ombre to be noticeable only at the toe of the shoe, so most of the shoe is one color, but if you wanted the entire shoe to really have the ombre effect keep adding water and diluting the paint
to adjust the color of your shoe or if you did not put enough paint on the toe of your shoes to really stretch out over the whole shoe, make a diluted solution on the side and add that to your shoe, followed by the water paintbrush to smooth it out
This is a really easy project. Highly recommend and the result is gorgeous!
2. Stella Stencil
- desired stencil design
- acrylic paint
- textile medium fabric solution
- sponge brush
- small brush
Step 1: Start with the acrylic paint color of your choice and mix it with the textile medium.
Half paint/Half Medium. Mix. Done.
Step 2: Stuff your shoes with a towel in order to help the shoe be firm for your stenciling
Step 3: Affix the stencil to the desired area of your shoe, you can use tape, but I found if you have a friend around to hold it for you, that is best.
Step 4: Take your sponge brush dip in paint and go for it. The technique I recommend is dabbing at the design instead of actually brushing.
Step 5: Go over any noticeable imperfections with a small brush and fix them up
There she is. beauty.
The stenciling was a but harder and it really helps to have another set of hands to help you. If you look close you can notice some imperfections and unevenness so perfectionists....beware!
3. Polka-Dot Princess
- Paint Pens (make sure they can be use on fabric, you dont want the ones that will bleed!)
Step 1: Choose your color paint pen and polka-dot away. I decided to make a lot and vary them in size. I also just free-handed them, but it would also look nice if you were to use a stencil
Step 2: REPEAT
This project was by FAR the easiest in supply needs and in effort. I was thinking this would be a super fun project for young girls....or 30 year olds ;)
Finished products one more time....