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Hand Painted Vans: Summer Fruit Vibe

Does anyone even wear solid white Vans anymore? I feel like they are just a blank canvas begging for personal touch and hand-painted customization!

I hand painted this pair of Vans in my private group, Curiously Creative, with a fun summer fruit vibe.

Hand Painted Summer Fruit Vans by Traceys Fancy

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The Design Plan

I found my inspiration from napkins and a wallpaper pattern. 

inspiration pieces for summer fruit shoes

I wanted my fruits to be bright and my background to be more muted.

So I chose my color palette based on that and got started. 

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Hand Painted Vans: Summer Fruit

Prepping for the Hand Painted Design

Prepping the shoes is as easy as lightly spritzing them with water and brushing it into the canvas as if you are painting it. I really like this continous mist spray bottle!

I then painted each panel in a color from my chosen palette which was Dixie Belle Blue, The Gulf and Soft Pink.  

Hand Painted Vans with dixie belle blue, the gulf and soft pink chalk mineral paint

Drawing on the Design

For the fruits.....I drew each fruit using a sharpened pencil.  

drawing on summer fruit design on van canvas shoes

I drew cherries with stems, strawberries, orange slices and watermelon.  

Hand Painting the Summer Fruit Vans

I then just relaxed and enjoyed filling in each little fruit drawing with paint as if I were coloring in a coloring book.

Tiny little craft brushes make a big difference in how easy this project can be. 

Hand Painted Summer Fruit Vans by Traceys Fancy

Finishing Touching and Heat Set for a Lasting Finish

When completely dry I did use my medium tip Posca marker in black to outline the fruits.  

I also used the white Posca pen to highlight my little cherries. 

These markers require being heat set (in my opinion) so I use my heat gun for this but you can also toss your shoes in the drier for a cycle.

Hand Painted Summer Fruit Vans by Traceys Fancy

Once they were heat set I sealed my art with a single brushed on coat of Easy Peasy Spray Wax.  

The Finished Look: Summer Fruit Hand Painted Vans

And voila!

Hand Painted Summer Fruit Vans by Traceys Fancy

They are SO summery and SO much cuter than just a plain white boring pair of Vans!!!

Hand Painted Summer Fruit Vans by Traceys Fancy


More Inspiration: Painted Canvas Shoes

I love painting canvas shoes! And I have several other past projects to share with you. Here are some additional designs for your inspiration:

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