My sister wanted me to paint a pair of shoes for her that had turtles in a pond scene on them. She bought a pair of white slip-ons and I worked on them over the course of a month. I gave them back to her a week ago and she's been wearing them ever since.
Here are some (ha) pictures of them. I'll start at the beginning and explain what you're seeing.
I just put this one here so you wouldn't just see a white shoe as the thumbnail.
This just shows how I taped up the parts I didn't want to paint.
This was the original color of the shoes. My sister wanted them to be blue-green, so that's how this looks. The little green squiggles are sea(or pond) weed in its beginning stages of being drawn on (I used fabric markers for that).
This is what the color and weeds ended up looking like.
This is the mid-point. Notice the turtle on the lily pad looks like it's on top of the water.
This is the final product. The turtle now looks like it's still partially underwater and struggling to climb onto the lily pad.
This is a close-up of the cattails I painted on the sides. I just did the outsides of the shoes and left the insides blue to make it look like the whole pond is shown.
Close-up of the original turtle.
Close-up of the finished turtle.
Thanks for looking and commenting!