As promised, I have a follow up post to this. I had to hold off posting about these until after I gave them to my sister, Kirsten. She reads this blog. It would kind of ruin the surprise.
A while ago I promised my brother and sister pairs of painted shoes for Christmas. It's almost a year later and I've done one pair. Yeah. No more IOU gifts from me.
I think they took a bit over 4 hours over the course of two nights (not counting drying time). I think the next pair or two will be easier.
High Gloss Clear Coat
Oh yes I do use old socks as rags. Waste not, my friends.
Step 1: Paint something on your shoes with acrylics! I didn't bother sketching first. I was worried about pencil marks showing through so I got right to the painting. My shapes were simple so this worked well.
Step 2: Wait for them to dry. Outline some stuff with the marker! Note: I've tried a couple types of markers with various poor results. I found that these work pretty well. I found them at a local craft store.
Step 3: After everything is dry, tape off areas you don't want covered in your clear coat. It dries pretty nicely, but you probably don't want to fill your shoes with it.
Step 4: Spray thoes shoes. I used this. I thought they'd be glossier in the end, but the final finish is pretty nice anyway. Let them dry overnight, or longer if you're patient.
Polluting the air and spraying my photographer all in one go!
Step 5: Peal off the tape. Bask in the glow of your extra fancy shoes!