1. Choose the shoes you want to paint
You finally decided to venture into the world of painted shoes. But before you get too excited and start painting indiscriminately, there are a few things you need to take into consideration to make sure you create a masterpiece. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to pick the perfect pairs of shoes to paint.
1. Consider the type of shoe.
Not all shoes are created equal and some will be better suited for painting than others. For example, if you’re planning on using acrylic paint, then leather shoes will work best since the paint won’t seep through as it would with fabric shoes.
2. Think about the design.
Once you’ve chosen the type of shoe, it’s time to think about the design. What kind of design are you going for? Something simple or something more intricate? If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to start with something simple and then work your way up to more complex designs.
3. Choose your colors wisely.
This is where things can get really fun! Picking the right colors can make or break your design, so choose wisely. You can either go for a monochromatic look or go bold with contrasting colors. Whichever route you choose, just make sure the colors complement each other.
4. Don’t forget the details!
Once you’ve got your colors picked out, it’s time to add the finishing touches. This is where you can really let your personality shine through. Add some glitz with sequins or keep it classic with Swarovski crystals. Whatever details you choose, just make sure they complement your design and color scheme.
2. Clean and Prep the shoes to paint
Step 1:Remove the Laces
Start by removing the laces from your shoes. This will make it easier to reach all the nooks and crannies when you’re cleaning them. You can put the laces aside for now – we’ll come back to them later.
Step 2:Brush Away Dirt and Debris
Use a shoe brush or an old toothbrush to brush away any dirt, debris, or loose paint from your shoes. Pay extra attention to the areas around the seams, as these tend to collect more dirt than other areas. If you don’t have a shoe brush or toothbrush, you can also use a dry paper towel or rag. Just be sure not to use anything too abrasive, as you don’t want to damage the surface of your shoes.
Step 3:Wash with Soap and Water
Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of mild liquid dish soap. Dip a clean cloth or rag into the soapy water and wipe down your shoes. Be sure to rinse off any soap residue when you’re finished. If your shoes are especially dirty, you may need to repeat this step several times until they’re clean. Once they’re clean, allow them to air dry completely – do not put them in the sun or near any heat source, as this could damage the shoes.
Step 4: Taping Off the Edges
Once your shoes are clean and lace-free, it’s time to tape off the edges. This will ensure that only the parts of your shoe that you want painted end up getting painted. Use painters tape or masking tape to tape off any areas that you don’t want painted, such as the soles of your shoes or the inside of the shoe where your foot goes (you don’t want paint getting on your feet!). Once you’ve taped off all of the areas that you want to stay unpainted, you’re ready to start painting!
Step 5:(Optional) Condition and Polish Your Shoes
If you want, you can condition and polish your shoes after they’re cleaned but before you start painting them. This is optional, but it can help extend the life of your shoes and keep them looking their best. First, apply a small amount of shoe polish to a soft cloth and rub it into the leather in small circular motions. Allow the polish to dry for about five minutes before buffing it off with a dry cloth. Then, sprinkle some foot powder into each shoe and shake out any excess powder. The foot powder will help absorb moisture and keep your feet feeling fresh throughout the day – perfect for those hot summer days!
3. Paint the shoes with acrylic paint in the color or colors of your choice
It’s important to use acrylic paint when painting shoes for multiple reasons:
1. Acrylic paint is durable.
When you’re done painting your shoes, you want the design to last—after all, you just spent good money on those bad boys! Acrylic paint is far more durable than watercolor or even oil paint, so you can be confident that your design will stay put no matter how much wear and tear you subject your shoes to. Plus, it’s resistant to fading from sunlight, so your shoes will look as good as new for years to come.
2. Acrylic paint is versatile.
Not only can you use it on all different types of materials—leather, fabric, canvas, you name it—but acrylic paint can also be used in a variety of techniques. You can create detailed line work with a thin brush, or build up layers of color for a more textured look. The possibilities are endless!
3. Acrylic paint is easy to use.
Unlike some other types of paint, acrylics don’t require any special tools or techniques—just open the jar and start painting! They also dry relatively quickly, so you won’t have to wait around for hours (or even days) for your masterpiece to be complete. And if you make a mistake? No problem—just grab a wet rag and start over again. Easy peasy!
4. Acrylic paint is affordable
Acrylic paint is also very affordable, which is important when you’re trying to save money on a DIY project. A little goes a long way with this type of paint, so you won’t have to spend a lot of money to get the job done right. Plus, if you make a mistake, it’s easy to correct without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, acrylic paint is the perfect medium for painting your shoes. It’s durable, versatile, and easy to use, so you’ll be ableto create a one-of-a-kind design that will last for years to come.
4. Let the paint dry completely
Why You Should Let the Paint Dry?
Acrylic paint can be pretty tough to remove once it’s on your skin (or, in my case, your feet). So if you don’t want to walk around and drip acrylic paint on the floor or ruin your new design.
How Long Does It Take for Acrylic Paint to Dry?
It usually takes acrylic paint about 15-20 minutes to dry completely. But depending on how thickly the paint is applied, it could take longer. If you’re not sure whether the paint is dry, err on the side of caution and give it a little more time. Once the paint is dry to the touch, it’s safe to put your shoes on.
5. Seal the paint with a clear sealant spray
So you’ve taken the acrylic painting plunge and decided to go for it – on your shoes. Maybe it was a spur of the moment idea at 2 am, or maybe you saw it on Pinterest and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” And you know what? You totally can. But there’s one more thing you need to do to make sure your masterpiece stays that way: seal it. Here’s why sealing your shoes is important and how to do it.
Why Should I Seal My Shoes?
Sealing your shoes protects the paint from being damaged or scuffed. It also helps the colors stay bright and vibrant. Think about it – would you rather step in a puddle of water with regular old canvas sneakers or with ones that have been sealed? The answer is obvious. Regular shoes absorb water, which can cause the paint to fade, erode, or come off entirely. Sealed shoes will be just fine – no harm, no foul.
How Do I Seal My Shoes?
The best way to seal your shoes is with clear acrylic sealer . Spray paint works well too, but it can alter the color of your shoes slightly. Whichever method you choose, make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area – preferably outside. Once you’ve applied the sealer, let the shoes dry completely before wearing them.
6. Enjoy your new painted shoes!
Now that you know how to paint shoes, it’s time to get creative and have some fun! Experiment with different colors and patterns, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. After all, that’s part of the beauty of DIY – you can always repaint if you’re not happy with the results. So go forth and create something beautiful!