Have you been enjoying your weekend? Have you made anything? I've been making lots of things. Lots of things which are not for sale. It makes me happy to have time to make things for myself and my loved ones. I still haven't booked any markets for this year and you know what... I'm not fussed at all. There's no hurry for me to compelled to do so either. It feels great.
I've been engaging in some back to school shopping this past week as my 5 year old starts school this year. While out shopping last week I picked up some plain white canvas shoes at Kmart for $3. I couldn't go past them. Then I had an idea... let's snaz them up a little. They are for my son after all and he does like lots of character in the things he wears.
They turned out so well, that I thought I'd share this tutorial with you in case you feel the urge to transform some plain canvas shoes in works of art for your (or your kids) feet.
What you need:
- plain white canvas shoes
- Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pens (they're colour markers with pigment ink which means they are water proof once they dry)
- pencil with eraser end
- Sketches or rough design for your shoes
My son is into the grungy kind of design... lots of skulls, splats, stars and that kind of thing. So I started out by taking a pencil and roughly sketching some designs lightly on each shoe. Using a pencil means that you can fiddle around until you are happy with the design, rubbing out any parts which you're not happy with.
Once you've finished this part, take a black Pitt Artist pen and go over all of your pencilled-in sketches. Make sure you use nice even lines so that the design looks neat. I went over each outline a few times to ensure I had nice thick black coverage.
If you're stuck, here are some design ideas to get you started:
- trees, sun, grass, house, sky
- monster face including razor sharp teeth and crazy eyes
- polka dots
- skulls and cross-bones
And voila... you have some funky one of a kind shoes which look like they cost a lot more than $3! My son LOVES his new shoes and wants to wear them to child care. Had to let him down gently and tell him that they're only for "going out". I know that if they go anywhere near child care they will get trashed within a day.
So what do you think? Will you try some yourself? They're fun, cheap and easy to do. If you do, I'd love to see them (send me a link)!
P.S. the canvas shoes are in the current (Australian) Kmart catalogue which is on sale until 12 January... so hurry into your local Kmart store and pick up a pair quick-sticks!