Saturday, 16 May 2015

Painted Canvas Shoes

Hi lovelies !!
Tracy here with today's post for the 'A Sprinkle of Imagination' Design Team !!

So I've had a few days off from the day job this week to have a bit of a spring clean and whilst going through the wardrobe found an ugly pair of black pumps that had hardly been worn (because they were ugly, I don't like ugly things....see where I'm going with this !!). Well I was just about to toss them away and thought I might be able to do something with them........

Ta da !!!........


Not looking so ugly now ay !!

I started by covering all of the canvas parts with a couple of thin layers of gesso allowing the layers to soak into the canvas and build up slowly....


Once completely dry I added my base colours using Dina Wakley's fab acrylic paints in Lime (used for the tongue see pictures of completed shoe), Turquoise and Magenta, again applying them in thin layers to build up the colours, I used Dina's fabulous brushes for this job. The bristles are stiff enough to get into to all the fabric of the canvas and give a good coverage .....


Once I was happy with my colours I started to sketch my design, first in pencil and then went over in a black waterproof marker, I decided for my first attempt not to try anything too complicated and just go with simple shapes and patterns....


When I was happy with my design I took a small brush and black and white Dina acrylics and began painting in the detail tidying up after with the black waterproof marker.....


I used a splatter stamp and some black archival ink to stamp onto the pink parts surrounding the lace holes and down the back of the shoe and then used a white fine line paint pen to add my finer details, sealed with 3 thin coats of modge podge and allowed to dry thoroughly, finally I raided my ribbon box and found the perfect piece to use as my laces

I'm sure you'll agree that they certainly don't look ugly anymore !!!!





Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are inspired to give it a go. Have a fabulous week

Tracy
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11 comments:

  1. These are fabulous and I am very tempted to give it a go. Did you manage OK with the round lace holes? Are they not metal and did the acrylic paint take to them well? I am wondering if it will wear off the metal with use. You have painted them beautifully and it must have been a greta deal of work. But fun though!

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    1. I primed the metal lace holes first before painting and have sealed them. They may wear in time but I don't mind that xx

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  2. Tracy, how did you get the Black circles so perfect? I can barely stamp on a flat surface...LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have an extremely steady hand lol

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  3. Love these!!!! I have an extremely ugly pair of shoes very similar. You've inspired me to do something with them :-)

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    1. Thank you. This is a really run project to do xx

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  4. Fabulous idea and I love your use of colour throughout all your blog posts Tracy. Hugs . Tracy x

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    1. Thanks Tracy. I do love a bit of colour !!! X

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  5. WOWsers, these are absolutely fantastic. What size are they by the way? lol

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    1. Thank you Lou. Size 7 I am a big footed monster lol x

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  6. Love these! You do beautiful art!!! Thanx for sharing the process! ♥

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