Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Painted Shoes

Back in April I came across this tutorial and have wanted to paint some shoes ever since. Then I found simple white shoes at Walmart on clearance for $3! Yay!
Ruby's Painted Shoes
First I removed the shoe laces and then taped off the rubber areas. We used a variety of fabric, puffy, and glitter paints. I say "we" since Ruby did all the initial painting of the shoes and even chose her own phrases. I was in charge of the writing and used a black sharpie marker for this step.
Ruby's Painted Shoes
Ruby also let me assist with some of the shapes. She told me I'm a good "swirl and peace sign maker".
Ruby's Painted Shoes
I applied a coat of Modge Podge after all the painting was finished (and dry) to seal everything. Once that dried I threaded elastic through the eyelets instead of the laces. I wanted Rubes to simply slip these shoes on and off. Lastly, I wound up using fingernail polish remover to clean up the residue left from the tape on the rubber. (Of course I did this after I took all the pics. )
Ruby's Painted Shoes
This picture doesn't show how thrilled Rubes really is about her "new" shoes. She's upset with me for asking her to pose this way. I guess I was cramping the flare of her inner model!


Jen Davis said...

I just love these Misty! So does Zoey! We'll have to make some together!

Patty said...

I love how bright these are. I would wear these! Very cool!

Vicky said...

Fabulous! You rock, girl :)

--ginger. said...

She has the best life EVER.

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