Whimsical Painted Shoes: from boring to fancy

by | Aug 1, 2019

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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.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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
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Whimsical Painted Shoes by Tracey's Fancy
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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.  

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Don’t forget…

I let them dry for 24 hours before I brushed on Dixie Belle’s Easy Peasy Spray Wax.  Yes….it’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.  

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

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  1. Susie Adcock

    I love your fantasies and the feeling of possibilities it presents. Thank you!

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