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Hobby Horse: Painting Sneakers


  There are lots of different ways to express yourself – through music, through writing, through clothes. While exploring the limitless possibilities of self expression, we came across a rather interesting way to do this – through shoes. This does not involve buying a certain brand or a colour; it actually is a great hobby that results in creating your own personal brand of shoes! Imagine owning a pair of shoes through which you express yourself and that one that no one else in the world owns! Let’s get started. What you’ll need: A pair of shoes Shoelaces Sheets of newspaper Paper towels Acrylic paints Paint brushes Fabric paint Permanent markers What to do: Painting sneakers works best with canvas shoes. Take note of the material your shoes are made of and use the most suitable paint or marker. While painting your shoes, make sure you use acrylic colours on the canvas or cloth parts of your shoe. Acrylic colours mixed in a water base are water resistant once dried. So, the colour from your shoes will not run even when you get them wet. Also remember to use permanent markers on the rubber parts of your shoes. If you use acrylic colours, they may peel off later. Note: Acrylic colours are different from poster colours and fabric colours.

  • Take off the old shoelaces from your shoes and wash any dirt that from your shoes.Leave them to dry completely. Alternatively, choose to leave the dirt on andincorporate the dirt stains as part of your design!
  • Next, wad up the insides of your shoes with sheets of newspaper or paper towels.This is so that the paper will absorb any excess paint that leaks through the canvas.Padding the shoes also maintains the shape of your shoe, making it is easy for you towork on the shoe.
  • Mix the acrylic colours in some water and use this as the base paint. You can usedifferent colours for different sections of your shoe for a funkier look.
  • Let your base coat dry and then use fabric paint, glitter glue, sequins or anythingelse that you like, to create your own, unique look. Using these add-ons also createsan almost-3-D effect.
  • As said mentioned earlier, be sure to remember to not to use paints on the non-canvasor non-cloth parts of the shoes – use permanent markers on these areas instead.
  • Most of your creation is done now. For laces, you can either tie-dye them, or paintyour old ones a new colour or use new laces.

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