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).

Author: AlixeArts - Upcycled Art by Caroline Alixe Rhuys

Caroline Alixe Rhuys is part of the artistic community in Reno, NV. Caroline uses needle felting, painting, and beading to create multi-media art for her customers to wear and display in their homes. She creates her upcycled jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home décor from materials found in local thrift stores and her extensive stash of vintage fabrics, buttons, and hankies. Some favorite materials are silk, leather, buttons, beads, wool felt, wool and denim jackets, ribbons, and found objects. Caroline likes meeting other artists and supporting them by sharing their work throughout her online and personal networks.

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