There are countless materials that can be painted and customized into the creation you want. The key is using the right materials to get the desired finish. From shoes, to totes canvas or fabric items are a great option when you're looking for something inexpensive to customize.
Vans, Keds and Converse all have signature canvas shoes. The Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker makes an especially ideal canvas, with a flat toe provides lots of space for painting.
There are a few things to keep in mind when painting fabric. For a lightweight material like canvas you’ll want to make sure whatever you’re painting has some support behind it. Unlike leather shoes that have a more rigid shape, a canvas shoe or tote will have a harder time holding its shape. You can fill shoes with paper towels or place something like a piece of cardboard behind larger surfaces to help the item maintain it’s shape.
Cover any areas that you don’t want painted with tape, like the soles or eyelets. Whether you're airbrushing or painting by hand use a fifty-fifty ratio of the paint and Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium. Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium is key when painting woven materials like canvas or shoe sock-liners. It ensures that the paint doesn’t change the texture of the fabric by stiffening it as as it dries.
Dry the paint with a heat gun to activate and set the Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium and you have a one of a kind piece.