Trend is definitely not something that I would think about a power of mine. I tend to be way behind on the trends in this arena and my closet is a sizzling mess (albeit a shade-coded one particular). But, every single now and then, I’ll fixate on a certain trend-oriented have to-have and won’t rest right up until I’ve discovered the excellent way to get my repair.
My latest need to have? Leopard print shoes. I searched higher and reduced for a pair that match my frugal spending budget, but right after coming up with nada, I decided to place my crafting skills to the test. Here’s how you can, also!
- Plain canvas sneakers or slip-ons (mine came from Target for \$sixteen.99)
- Black acrylic craft paint
- White acrylic craft paint
- Detail paint brush
- Plastic painter’s tray
The first point I do each time I’m functioning on an artistic task like this is to pull up an inspiration picture. A fast Google image search of “leopard print” brought up all kinds of choices, and after analyzing the common form of the print, I sooner or later deduced that the pattern is just an uneven white dot—really, no much more than a blob—with an equally haphazard black blobby outline, for lack of greater language.
So, I dipped my paint brush into white acrylic craft paint and additional white dots all more than the canvas sneakers, taking care to give the shapes a wonderful, clean edge—ragged brushstrokes would have ruined the impact a bit. Then, I allow the white dots dry for about 30 minutes, and went back with black paint, this time to add outlines. Some white dots had been lined three/4 of the way with black, whereas other dots got two black outlines, one on each opposite finish. It was absolutely random and, as I located out, kind of challenging to mess up.
To finish, I extra smaller, pure black “blobs” in among the white dots in which there appeared to be as well much empty area. I let the black paint dry for thirty minutes, and then went back over it with a 2nd coat just to be confident that none of the white paint showed through—and that was it.
The best element is that, when dry, acrylic paint is waterproof, so there’s no want to be concerned about sealing it. Now, I have the ideal pair of 1-of-a-variety printed footwear that match my cheapo budget and my spontaneous need to have for type. How’s that for strolling on the wild side? (sorry, I had to)
In situation you want to try a distinct look, check out out my DIY painted polka dot sneakers, inspired by Kate Spade New York.