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« on: April 23, 2013 03:00:40 PM »

i'm in a bit of a shoe painting frenzy these days.  it's really becoming popular around here.  anyways, thought i'd show off some stuff i've done.

i call myself a 'short-order artist'.  people give me tiny little snippets of what they want, or little ideas, and i just go with it.  it's a lot of fun, most of the time.


"taylor - bees and sunflowers"
you can't see the little bees all around the shoes, but they're there.  these are the tiniest little toms you've ever seen - too cute.


"i like space"
so you get the whole solar system.


"graffiti"
this is my 9-year-old daughter, who has no idea what graffiti is, or that typically graffiti says something.  telling somebody to paint graffiti without direction is tricky.  so this is what she gets - her initials. 


"fox, w"
you get what you ask for.


"something about birds"
really?!?  that's all?  yup - birds.  what would you do if somebody told you to paint them something "birds" on a pair of $50 canvasses?  well, this is what i did for her.  it's not what i would do for me, but i think i guessed her right.


"rylee likes princess stuff"
these shoes actually saw another artist first, but the customer wasn't thrilled, so this is my cover-up.  nothing left of the original.


"grace, cupcakes"
gotcha.  fyi - red is a horrible color to paint on.
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2013 03:32:10 PM »

Love them!  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2013 06:14:08 PM »

Your commentary is hilarious. Great work! I would love to do myself another pair of painted canvas flats. Could you tell us what kind of paints you used? When I used standard acrylics, they cracked a lot over time.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2013 08:26:28 PM »

Cute shoes. You did a great job on all of them.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2013 10:00:46 PM »

Your commentary is hilarious. Great work! I would love to do myself another pair of painted canvas flats. Could you tell us what kind of paints you used? When I used standard acrylics, they cracked a lot over time.

On shoes I use the cheap craft acrylics you can buy at any craft store.  They are vibrant, permanent, and I've had no issue with cracking.  I do put down a layer of white before any color, and I don't know if that helps the cracking or not, but I painted my own toms that have grown very soft with wear, but the artwork still looks great.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2013 10:36:36 PM »

Too cool.  You are inspiring me to think about trying shoe painting myself.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2013 10:43:52 PM »

They are great, wonderful colors, lovely motives.

I guess your paints don't crack BECAUSE you use the cheap kind. Few pigments, a lot of "glue" to hold them together and on the fabric, but they don't cover up very well.
Back in my times, I used a special brand of airbrush colors (Createx, I'd say; can't remember the name right now... will have a look later). They've got a textile medium to mix into, got fixed with heat (ironing or, in some cases, I've put it into the oven). The textile medium prevented cracking or washing out. The colors themselves had a lot of pigment in them (remember, airbrush, they were meant to be watered down to fit through the nozzle) so they covered really well. So if you can't get this brand, it may be worth a look in the airbrush compartment.

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2013 05:23:04 AM »

They are great, wonderful colors, lovely motives.

I guess your paints don't crack BECAUSE you use the cheap kind. Few pigments, a lot of "glue" to hold them together and on the fabric, but they don't cover up very well.
Back in my times, I used a special brand of airbrush colors (Createx, I'd say; can't remember the name right now... will have a look later). They've got a textile medium to mix into, got fixed with heat (ironing or, in some cases, I've put it into the oven). The textile medium prevented cracking or washing out. The colors themselves had a lot of pigment in them (remember, airbrush, they were meant to be watered down to fit through the nozzle) so they covered really well. So if you can't get this brand, it may be worth a look in the airbrush compartment.

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The reason I put white down is both for coverage and texture.  My brushes protest against the canvas of the shoes, but once I have a layer of white down it smooths the surface so I can paint with ease.

I've been airbrushing for years, so I'm very aware of createx paints.  As you said, they do need heat to set and when I am on location it's a bit tricky/time consuming to get that done.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2013 11:37:42 AM »

Hey, great to meet a fellow airbrusher!
I doubt you could use even createx on dark colors like red without a base of white. For texture... I've never tried it on shoes, so I take your word.
What does it mean, when you're "on location"? Obviously not at home, sure, so you paint on a mobile booth or something? (Curious? MEEE??? Aw, nooooo...)
Did you too notice that even without heat setting the textile medium in createx colors gave them a much longer life?

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