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Whimsical Painted Shoes: from boring to fancy

Did you know you could paint your shoes?

Well, you can....and I did!

Painting fabric isn't new for me. I've painted loads of mermaid chairs over the years. Check them out HERE and HERE...painting directly on the fabric seats. I have also painted curtains, drop cloths, and even aprons.....but I had not painted shoes. Until now!

Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy


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All you need is Dixie Belle Paint, water, paintbrushes, a pencil, a Sharpie marker, and Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

I purchased the canvas shoes at Target for $15. However, this is also a great way to revive old and stained shoes you have at home. You can paint over canvas and/or leather!

If you are painting on leather,

then you will need little water! You can paint directly onto the leather itself.

When you are painting cloth shoes,

it is helpful to dampen the fabric before applying paint. This allows the paint to soak into the fiber of the shoes and actually die the fabric for an extremely durable and lasting finish.

First, the backdrop!

I wet the fabric and began laying down Peony and The Gulf to completely cover the original gray of the shoe. This isn't necessary if you prefer the color of the shoe already, but I planned a detailed design and wanted a whimsical backdrop.

Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy

Next, I drew my design with a sharpie marker.

You could also draw with a pencil if you aren't confident in your drawing ability.

Then it's paint time!

I just started painting with no real plan for color....other than the black and white check pattern. It was relaxing and very enjoyable!

Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy
Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy

The final touches...

Once complete, I retraced the original outline with the sharpie marker again in order to add a more distinctive border to each image.

Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy

Don't forget...

I let them dry for 24 hours before I brushed on Dixie Belle's Easy Peasy Spray Wax.'s spray wax....but I felt I got better coverage by brushing on the clear wax with a small brush.

And that's it!!! These whimsical painted shoes are ready to wear! You can wash these in the washing machine after 30 days of cure time.

Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy

I plan to paint many more shoes like this in the near future!!! I hope you give it a try too!

More Custom Canvas Shoes Inspiration

For more painted canvas shoe ideas, you can check out several other of my other projects below.

Did you know that you can also paint leather? Visit my Painted Leather Boots blog here for all the details.

Click on any photo below for more up-close photos and all the design details


How can I help with YOUR Painted Canvas project?

Paint Your Own Project

If you would like to paint your own canvas/denim project but would like more (video) instruction, I have a very detailed (and affordable) course, The Art of Painted Denim, that guides you through all the steps to create your own canvas/denim. This 1.5+ hour course gives you all the tricks and tips to make it look great and just as importantly make it LAST through the wash!

Allow ME to paint it for YOU!

I offer a variety of painted canvas & denim projects that I custom create for you! You provide the vision, we collaborate on the final look, and I create a beautiful lasting piece just for you! See all my painted denim/canvas offerings HERE.


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