Paintings are a wonderful way to express yourself and your creativity. You can create canvases in a variety of ways, from using paper to canvas boards to even wood panels. It’s a great way to take your artwork to another level. I’m going to show you how to paint canvas shoes, but it works for any canvas. 

Here’s what you need: 

• Canvas Shoe Board (a canvas board is a perfect base for painting canvas shoes) 

• Brushes 

• Paints 

• Acrylic paints 

• Painter’s tape 

• Small paint palette 

• Paper towels 

• Rubber gloves 

• Water-based brushes 

• Watercolor paper 

Steps To Paint Canvas Shoes:

I was browsing through Pinterest and found some cool things. I decided to give it a try myself. The process is pretty simple. You’ll need the following: canvas shoe, a brush, acrylic paint, water and a few other tools.

It’s as easy as that. You can go into detail about the process if you want but that’s not what this post is about. I’m just going to share what I did in case you want to do it too.

STEP 1: Choose your Shoe

You’ll need to choose your shoe first. There are a lot of different types of canvas shoes out there. They come in different sizes and colors. Choose a shoe that’s comfortable and fits well.

If you can’t find a shoe that you like, then make one yourself. Just take an old pair of shoes and get creative with it. You can paint them or draw on them. Whatever you want.

STEP 2: Paint the shoe

Once you’ve picked out your canvas shoe, it’s time to paint it. For me, I used a blue color. Start at the bottom of the shoe and paint the heel first. If you don’t know how to paint, watch some videos on YouTube to learn. It’s not too difficult.

Next, go all the way around the shoe and continue painting. The more you do, the better you’ll get.

STEP 3: Add details

Now it’s time to add details. You can add details in many different ways. For example, you could draw a face on the shoe, or make the shoe look like it’s walking.

You can also make the shoes look old and worn by adding different kinds of marks and scratches. You can also add details with the paint.

STEP 4: Add a frame

This is optional but it makes your canvas shoe look more professional. Paint the frame onto the shoe and then fill it with color.

Other Simple Tips & Tricks To Paint Canvas Shoes:

Get your Canvas Shoe Board Ready:

To do this, lay it on a table or work surface. Use painter’s tape to secure the canvas shoe board to the surface. You can use painter’s tape to secure the canvas shoe board to itself as well, but this can get messy and difficult.

Add a Few Coats of Acrylic Matte Finish Spray Paint:

Once you have the canvas shoe board secured in place, add a few coats of acrylic matte finish spray paint to the canvas shoe board. This will protect the board while you paint.

If you are Using Canvas Shoes, then Cut them Into Pieces. 

You want to cut them so that they fit the size of your canvas shoe board. You’ll also want to cut out a section of the canvas shoe board so that the canvas shoe board will show when it’s finished.

  • Add a few coats of acrylic matte finish spray paint to the canvas shoe board.
  • Cut out pieces of canvas from the canvas shoes and tape them to the canvas shoe board.
  • Use a brush to apply paint to the canvas shoe board and canvas shoes.
  • Repeat step 6 until you’ve completed all of the canvases.
  • Once you’re done, you can use rubber gloves to remove the painter’s tape and then use paper towels to remove any excess paint that remains on the canvas shoe board.
  • Once the paint is dry, it’s time to start decorating. Add your artwork or pattern to the canvas shoe board and canvas shoes.

To Sum Up! 

Canvas shoes are a simple way to make your canvas painting shoes look brand new again. The shoes are cheap and easy to find. This project can be done in a few hours and the cost will not be much more than a pair of canvas shoes would cost you at your local shoe store.

If you’re feeling lazy, just buy canvas shoes and spray paint them, but if you’d like to take it one step further, you can actually paint them! The first step is to put the canvas shoes in a bag with some newspaper. If you don’t have a bag, then you can use the bottom of a plastic grocery bag. It’s best to leave the laces hanging over the top of the bag so that they can’t get tangled up.

Now, grab a spray can of clear coat paint. I used Krylon spray paint, but I also found a few cans of white paint that looked very similar. Next, you need to open the can. Spray some paint on a paper towel or kitchen towel. Let it dry for about 15-20 minutes. Once it’s completely dry, roll it out onto your canvas shoes. Start from the outside of the shoes and work your way towards the inside.

Use the paintbrush and get a bit of paint in the holes and creases. You can use the brush to add more detail as well. Once you’re finished, let them dry for at least an hour. When they’re dry, you’re ready to wear them.

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