Shoes – From Basic to Beautiful

Bored with your plain old shoes?  Find some new shoes you love, except for the color?

With a few simple supplies and some spare time, you can transform basic shoes into beautiful works of art.  Lumiere paint by Jacquard works well on many materials, including leather, synthetic leather and fabric.

Here is a short explanation of how I decorated the pictured shoes:

First, I painted the heel and strap of a pair of plain fabric shoes, using two shades of green as a base.  Next, I painted free-hand stripes on the strap in a darker shade of green.  For the final embellishment, I painted small red flowers on the heel and a larger flower on the strap.  I suggest application of a protective spray such as Scotchguard to keep smudges to a minimum.

If you are nervous about painting a well-loved pair of shoes, there are many thrift stores around Reno.  For less than $10.00, you could find a pair of shoes for practice.

On June 23, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I will be teaching shoe decoration techniques at ArtisTree Studio, located at 18 Stewart Street, Reno, NV. I will provide all supplies (other than shoes).

Plain Black Shoes, Magically Transformed with Hand Cut Lace

Black Canvas Shoes_Lace Decoration

Fabric and lace may be attached to canvas shoes with various types of glue.  When I am happy with the design I apply at least three coats of gel medium to protect the shoes.

You don’t have to limit your shoe colors to commercially available selections if you can use scissors and apply glue.

Caroline for AlixeArts