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The Art Of Customising Shoes ft. Angelus Paints

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Customized shoes/sneakers have been gaining steady popularity in recent times and Angelus Paints have been leading this trend from the front. Here's everything you need to know to start your own customized shoe art business.

Angelus Paints - An Introduction:

Angelus Leather Paints are great for all kinds of craft projects including gourd art and shoe painting. The paint is a flexible acrylic that adheres to many kinds of fabrics including leather, canvas, vinyl, and rubber.

The "Why" Of Customised Wearable Art:

When it comes to customs no object is too big, too small, or too unique to customize. From sneakers, fire extinguishers to furniture, if you can dream it up Angelus Brands has the paints and supplies to help make it a reality. Custom shoes and clothing are a good place to express yourself as an artist. Moreover, watching others wear a unique pair of shoes or a jacket, as they walk down the street with your wearable art makes them stand out from the crowd.

What you'd need to start:

How to create custom wearable art on shoes: Here is a step-by-step process on how to create shoe art. Directions: Apply with a fine brush or sponge pad. Allow drying between coats. Allow the paint to dry completely before wearing. Clean up brushes and other equipment with soap and warm water. For scuff protection, use an Angelus Acrylic Finisher in Matte or Satin. If a duller finish is wanted, we also carry the Angelus Duller.

Caution: Some leather articles have a silicone finish applied at the factory. It may be necessary to clean these items with Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer before you apply any paint. Acrylic paint may not adhere correctly to products that have been treated with silicone.

For Detailing Work:

You may already have favorite art supplies for fine or detailed work. These are some art supplies we recommend. Pay attention to tip sizes! They range from fine to thick.

Leather Surfaces

Apply Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer as directed on the product using dust-free cloth. Allow drying for at least 15 minutes.

Canvas Surfaces

Paint directly on the surface with diluted paint (1-part Angelus Leather Paint mixed with 1-part Angelus 2-soft Fabric Medium).

Old School Method

  • Prime the canvas areas you will be painting with very thin layers of primer or gesso.

  • Allow to dry completely (usually takes an hour) or use a hairdryer or heating tool to speed it up.

  • You want the canvas covered in primer, but not so thickly that you lose the texture. The texture helps the acrylic paints “grab” the surface.

Vinyl Surfaces

  • Follow the 3 steps listed here: sand the surface, apply Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer, and apply a clear Adhesion Promoter Primer (spray).

Have fun doing it!

Painting can be tiring and long, but you have to enjoy the process in each piece you paint to make it special for the customer and you will feel a lot more satisfied with the end results afterward.

People will try to find ways to say that your business will fail or you can't make money from art, but look at all the other artists that have made a living from it! You will enjoy it!


Source Credits: Camcreatez | @jdcustomsuk | @kustom.kikkusu | @taicustomkicks | @malcolmgarret | @angelusdirect


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