First of all, Happy Belated Birthday to the great one who gifted me these shoes to paint on! Thank you for the new and exciting challenge, Meche! 🤗 Funny how we met, like a movie plot about talking to strangers in a bookstore.. It opened up a new wave of opportunity! Don't be afraid to shine, let your light attract those with the same energy!
I've painted 2 bodysuits and accidentally got paint on my own clothes before but never had the chance to paint on shoes! A fun fact about me: I don't research much, trial & error is my preferred method of stubborn Taurus learning 😭. Learn with me, comment any tips of your own, and please subscribe to be notified of new content! Here we go:
Whenever I see an artist post their work, I always wonder what materials they used. Some people are really secretive while others get sponsored to feature products so I would like this blog to help me be one of the latter 😌. As far as paints, I used the Premiere acrylic paints, A.C. Moore has sales EVERY weekend and also they email you coupon codes, TAKE ADVANTAGE!! The 250ml tubes usually go for I think 4/$10. I prefer the Liquitex BASICS line because their paints have a stronger opacity but they are a little more expensive. The brushes I used are from the Virtuoso 15-piece liner set which I LOVE! The canvas shoes, like I said were gifted to me from Meche, so I don't know where she got them but she mentioned that 5Below and other stores of that nature have cheap canvas shoes for sale! I know that Angelus has the best shoe paints and I probably should invest in them and pricier shoes if I go into the custom shoe game more seriously, but this is my first attempt and wanted to get a feel for the process.
The design is based on my "Get Ogre It" sticker! With some slight color modifications to make it more outfit-friendly, I wanted it to literally look like a pile of stickers! I began by tracing the sticker outline:
After having the outlines ready, I was able to go in and individually draw in each face. For the back of the shoes, I wanted to pay homage to "Monsta Meche" and wrote out "MONSTA" on the heels.
I always prep my canvases with Titanium White gesso/paint, but considering how the canvas shoes are thin and the texture of the acrylics build up, I skipped the "priming" stage. I went right in using the flat liner brush with the base green color, and used a round liner brush to add in the darker green shadows.
To compliment this minty green, I whipped up a dandelion yellow for the horns and teeth, and used the flat liner brush to color them in. Instead of red, I made the eyes brown with the dandelion highlights, and instead of blue, I made the lips the darker shade of green. White highlights made with the round liner brush on the noses and eyes are to show which side foot the shoe should be on. I also began filling in the "paper" background of the sticker with the same liner brush and white paint.
My favorite part of any painting is the linework! I love bold outlines, I will always love graphic cartoony styles, and I try to have this effect in all my paintings! I picked up the thinnest liner brush in the set with my black and began outlining the facial features and coloring in the eyebrows.
After lining each lil guy, I had to clean up the white outline so once again with the flat liner brush, I fixed up the outline with white, added in some more highlights and again used black to line the other side. For the back, I colored in "MONSTA" with green and yellow polka dots, another element of my style and outlined it with the thin black liner.
So yeah! That's how I whipped up these bad boys, now that I have the process down I think I can make multiple pairs of these to sell! I do have clear acrylic sealer spray, but I didn't use it in fear of the spray showing on the soles or other fabrics. If you have any suggestions on sealing these, PLEASE let me know!
Thank you for reading! Email email@example.com if interested in getting a pair for yourself!