Just wanted to say, ever since I saw ppl at uni running around in volleys...i saw potential! And apparently, so did Mooks Clothing. But you know what? Who cares about the tastes of wordly fashion when just a little bit of DIY can give you a personal twist on your shoes. Volleys are highly versatile and they look great, no matter what you to do them. Hope you enjoy this project, I love my volleys now!
Firstly, go out and buy some dunlop volleys. For those in australia, Big W, K-mart and target are the best for these, there's a few colours to choose from and if you wait for sales, you can get them for $22 AUD.
We'll go with white laces, but you can choose black with straps too, i'm hoping to get a pair of these and do something funky with them.
Now, you need the following items
1. newspaper - you don't want to get that precious carpet all rainbow coloured...unless u're into that
2. a sharpie permanent marker
3. acryllic paints - a variety of colours, (definitely get black for outlining). U can usually pickup a pack of 6 standard colours for under $20 - i used the leftovers i had from school years ago
4. medium sized paint brushes, might want to have a small one just in case
Now, using the sharpie, do some outlines on the canvas - you can make this whatever you'd like, or follow my pattern, which is like a camouflage kinda pattern i'd say.
At this point, you can either use your black acryllic paints and paint over the sharpie outlines now, or you could do it at the start, either way, it'll work. the sharpie is just used to make it easier for yourself at the start.
Some tips - stay away from the rims and the rubber, just draw on anything that is canvas, oh and take the laces out first haha
Ok, now that you've got the outline going! it's already looking pretty good, but now, it's all up to your creative juices.
Paint in all the whites using a variety of colours. To create a good spread of colour, use bright contrasting colours such as orange, green, blue, red and yellow and keep it simple. Add a bit of white here and there to give it a touch of brightness.
Add the laces on and voila!! your new dunlop volleys that beats the crap through Mooks' sorry attempt to individualise volleys
Waterproofing - Now, just some pointers in terms of waterproofing those shoes (you don't want multi-coloured sludge on your feet on a rainy day).
Using acrylic paints is generally good enough for the light shower, but if you're concerned, there's a few things you can do.
1. You can spray your shoes using an all-weather protective spray. The can will set you back about $15, and I'm thinking, it's really not going to do that much difference, but I sprayed mine using a friend's spray anyway...cost = priceless.
2. Get some textile medium and mix 1/3 medium with 2/3 paints. This will make your canvas shoe washable. The only problem is that it'll take some extra time mixing in coloured paints and medium.
One last thing, be experimental. Get some paper out and let your creative juices run free. I can guarantee you that the "crayon" style volleys look awesome, and i get comments on it all the time, but, nothing beats your own style and your own concept!
Art can be found everywhere, even on your clothes.