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Tutorial: How to Paint Your Shoes
Ready? Find a pair of shoes, preferably leather. My favorite comfy shoes were my first try – they couldn’t look any worse so there was nothing to lose eh? My next pair were a great pair of NAOT’s (one of the very few brands that fit me.) I think these were as cheap as they were on Ebay because they were kind of an ugly color. Maybe you’ll have the same luck as I did there.

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  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take the shoes and clean them up as much as you can then rub a little nail polish remover all over them . It roughs them up and removes any finishes so the paint will stick to the leather.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Prime the shoes with a layer of gesso then let them dry.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Chose one or several base paint colors and block them in. That just means put the colors where you want them. I used textile paint because those happened to be the paints I have on hand. I did choose opaque paints rather than transparent in order to get better coverage.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 4
    Step 4

    I like using the paint markers next to doodle in some shapes. You could also choose to start out with the sharpie and doodle designs onto your color blocks. On the blue shoes I painted blue first, purple next, used the sharpies, then filled in spots with the paint markers. For the red shoes, I knew I wanted them to be RED, RED, RED so I kept it monochromatic.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 5
    Step 5

    I was so excited about the paint markers that I played with those first then filled in around them with the sharpies.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 6
    Step 6

    Loved what was happening here so I kept going and doodled more with the sharpie. Uh… didn’t like it much. Hey – not a problem! Now I know what I want.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Paint back over it and decide that for this particular shoe, less is enough!

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take the shoe outside, stuff the inside with newspaper, tape off the soles if you’d like to then spray a thin coat of sealer to protect the paint.

  • How to paint a pair of patterned shoes. How To Paint Your Shoes - Step 9
    Step 9

    Wait patiently for the stuff to dry then wear with STYLE!

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