Family and friends should always receive well-thought out
gifts, especially on their birthdays. In my case, I either choose them
personally based on their preferences (usually based on my observations or
hunches) or something I made myself.
Last August, which means this entry is posted quite late, I
designed slip-ons for a friend celebrating her birthday. I felt like everybody
would give her books and school stuff like ballpens and highlighters so I
thought of something that'll be cute and unique. Plus, it'll also be a nice
experiment for me. I haven't tried painting for a long time now and she's been
egging to see my "artwork." So there.
It's good thing that Google has all the answers I've searched
for. Here's the finished birthday present.
And here's how I did it. Step by step, friends.
Ok, first, the materials we'll be needing:
- your canvass shoes or bag or purse (remember, cloth should
- white fabric paint or gesso
- fabric paints or acrylic paint
- black laundry pen (fine-tipped)
1. Make sure your canvass is clean. I used white canvass
shoes for this one.
2. Look for a sample design if you need one. I can't find the one I used. T_T
3. Paint the whole canvass with white fabric paint or gesso
as base. I have yet to use a gesso in my next project. Let it dry for an hour
just to be sure.
4. Time to design the whole thing! You can use freehand or if
it's a bit difficult, draw outlines using your pencil. Make sure you'll erase
them after you're done and the paint dried already.
Tip: Place an electric fan beside you so you can alternately dry
the ones you're done with. It'll lessen your working time by an hour at most.
5. You may or may not the laundry pen to create permanent
outlines for your design. I used one so the doodle will be better appreciated.
6. After everything's dry and all, spray the clear acrylic on
your canvass. This will prevent the paints from washing off.
Remember: Just because you used fabric paints and/or sprayed
it with clear acrylic doesn't mean your shoes will be invincible. Haha! It can
get dirty but don't soak them in water puddles.
Labels: artwork, Doodles, shoes