As you can tell by my user name I am obsessed with owls.
My mom bought me some black ugly-granny shoes from Wal-Mart for $5. I'd originally wanted white because I figured they'd be easier to paint on, but I couldn't find my size (7.5) and settled for black ones because they came in my size. Then we went to Michael's and I bought fabric paint and brushes for about $20 (I bought 4 colors for this project and 3 for my next one). I tried marking on the
shoes with a pencil to see if the graphite would be visible on the black, but obviously that didn't work. Fortunately, my mom made some buntings for my nephew and had a white fabric marking pencil that she didn't use on her sewing project so I borrowed that. Then I drew an owl on each shoe to make sure that they were as much like each other as possible when I painted them. Then I spent about two hours painting one shoe and had to stop for a few days because I was too busy to work on the second one. Last night I finished the second one and decided to put a little more paint on the first one since my mom had picked up some black fabric paint for me. Since the first shoe had already dried it was easier to paint on than the second one and looks better and cleaner than the second. Anyway, here's the result.
The one on the right was the first one I painted. It was able to dry before I put more paint on it, so it looks better than the one on the left.
This picture shows the drawing with the fabric marking pencil that I used before I painted.
These are just different views of the shoes, in case you don't want to bother with the links.
I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and have my foot in a picture (apparently it is common to be barefoot while crafting and then to accidentally take a picture of your project with your foot in the picture. I don't walk around barefoot so this will have to do).
This picture from my calendar was my inspiration.
I don't know if I'm done with these shoes yet. I know black and brown aren't supposed to go together but these are owls and owls fly at night, so black is more appropriate than white. I was thinking of painting stars on the sides of the shoes to make the black and brown color combination less weird.
I now have a pair of white shoes of the same kind that I'm going to paint on next.