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Saturday, 25 September 2021

canvas_shoes_craft_revivalFor fancy feet on the go! Here's a cool tutorial from The Craft Revival on how to transform some plain canvas shoes into works of art for your (or your kids) feet.

What you need:

  • plain white canvas shoes
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pens (they're colour markers with pigment ink which means they are water proof once they dry)
  • pencil with eraser end
  • Sketches or rough design for your shoes

Let's get started:

My son is into the grungy kind of design... lots of skulls, splats, stars and that kind of thing. So I started out by taking a pencil and roughly sketching some designs lightly on each shoe. Using a pencil means that you can fiddle around until you are happy with the design, rubbing out any parts which you're not happy with.

Once you've finished this part, take a black Pitt Artist pen and go over all of your pencilled-in sketches. Make sure you use nice even lines so that the design looks neat. I went over each outline a few times to ensure I had nice thick black coverage.

Be careful when you are using the Pitt Artist Pens as they can smudge or transfer onto your hand while they are dry. They are a unique ink formula which means they can be blended when they are wet and a permanent once dry. Once you have all of your outlines in place, let the ink thoroughly dry. If you start using colours before the black ink dries, it will bleed into the coloured areas (like you can see in some parts of my finished shoes).

Using as many colours as you like (I had the 24-pack of Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens so I had fun using many different colours), start adding colour to your designs. But also make sure to let your colours dry especially if adding a few different colours into one design - remember they bleed into each other (see the blue green and yellow rings in the below photo for example of what I mean)!

I chose to leave the area in between the pictures white, but you could colour in between in grey, black or your child's favourite colour. It's up to you!

And voila... you have some funky one of a kind shoes which look like they cost a lot more than $3! My son LOVES his new shoes and wants to wear them to child care. Had to let him down gently and tell him that they're only for "going out". I know that if they go anywhere near child care they will get trashed within a day.

Thanks to our guest contributor Magdalena from The Craft Revival handmade. upcycled. repurposed.

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