So Christmas is coming. That means I need to give presents to people. But I’m fairly close to being broke. So its Crafty Girl to the rescue. My two best friends deserve something special. So I made them galaxy and Doctor Who themed canvas shoes (shhh don’t tell them yet :D). It was a surprisingly easy process. I once again forgot to take photos of the first steps but you should be fine without them.
All you need for this project is canvas shoes, acrylic paint, foam brushes, newspaper, masking tape, and an idea. Some type of clear coat is probably a good idea too. You can do whatever design you want on your shoes. It’s just like painting on canvas boards. I got my shoes for about $13 at target. They are simple, white canvas shoes. You can use any color you want and style as long as it is a canvas shoe.
Here are the paints I used:
Lay down lots of newspaper, this can get messy. Stuff the shoes with newspaper. It helps make the shoe firmer and easier to paint.Then take the masking tape and cover the white rubbery parts that you don’t want painted. Try to get the tape to stick very well at the top so the paint doesn’t bleed throght. Thats it for the prep.
I started by painting a thin coat of white paint on the toe of the shoe. You don’t really need to do this :). After that take the foam brushes and do spots of color all over the shoe. I forgot to take a picture of this, of course :(. Update: I have pictures on my Update to galaxy shoes post. Keep it random and don’t worry that it doesn’t look anything like a galaxy. If you need more direction just google galaxy shoe tutorial. You may find a better explanation of this step. I used red, blue, and purple paint. Look up Hubble photos of space for inspiration. After the shoe is covered you take tin foil and scrunch it up. I’m sure a holey sponge would work too, I couldn’t find one in the house so I used foil. Make sure the scrunched up foil has lots of texture. Take the foil and dab it into the black paint. Try not to get too much on it since you want texture, not globs of paint. Practicing on you newspaper helps. Dab the paint randomly all over. Don’t do very much, just enough to make the color scheme darker and more space like. You don’t have to put much thought into this :). Take the blue paint and do the same thing to add more texture.
Now here comes the fun part. This is what makes the shoe look like a galaxy. It’s time to splatter the white paint all over the shoe. Take two paintbrushes. Get some paint on one of them. Hold the brush with paint on one hand and use the other brush to tap the paint covered brush. You’ll get the hang of it but it should splatter the paint. You could also flick the paint covered brush or splatter by flicking the brush with your finger. It really doesn’t matter how you do it as long as it spatter.
That is really it. I made two different pairs. One is just a galaxy themed the other is Doctor Who themed.
The second pair is the one that became the Doctor Who shoes. To make them I free-handed a little TARDIS on the toe. It turns out that carbon paper does not work to transfer images. I’m sure it would work on the shoe when they are just white but not after painting them. I also free-handed the words “Run!” and “Allons-y!” and “Doctor Who” on the back of the shoes.
I then outlined all of it in black sharpie. It doesn’t show up too well but since I hate painting it works for me 🙂
I’m going to spray them with a clear lacquer. I have no idea what kind of clear coat would be best. The one I’m using is my brothers. He uses it on his long boards. Just find one that is waterproof and can be used on acrylic paint. It still may not protect your shoes from water but at least it’s some barrier. Have fun and let me know if I can make this clearer 🙂 Update: I have more pictures of the beginning process on my Update to Galaxy Shoes post.