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New Customs to Close Out April

It can be hard to come up with new designs for every pair of customs. Everyone needs a little bit of inspiration sometimes.

One of the best ways to get inspired is to take a look at some of the great designs other artists are working on. From color combinations to art styles and aesthetics, you should be able to take something away from these amazing customs created by some of our sponsored artists.

Comic Strip Stan Smiths 

(source: @swellguycustoms)

Stan Smiths have a classic silhouette and are a staple in a lot of people's closet. It's hard to improve on such a clean, simple shoe, but if you want a little bit more color, sponsored artist @swellguycustoms can walk you through how he made these customs Roy Lichtenstein Stan Smiths.

Check out the tutorial to see what supplies you need to get started.

Easter Air Forces

(source: @tragik1993)

A bright pastel colorway might not be great for everyday wear, but it's perfect for Easter. If you're gonna go with a bold colorway like this, all-white Air Forces are probably the best canvas you can use.

Sponsored artist @tragik1993 designed these pair of Easter AF1s with all of the classic colors you probably associate with the holiday.

Pizza Hut Jordans

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

You can really take whatever theme you want and turn it into a pair of customs.

Look no further than these custom Pizza Hut Jordans by @astrotorfcustoms for proof. Pizza Hut's red and white color scheme is an all-time classic, and the red flat laces and pizza tag are the perfect toppings.

Custom Air Force 1s

(source: @kingdom_made)

You can do a whole lot by just redesigning a small part of the shoe. Altering the classic Nike Swoosh is a great way to customize a pair of AF1s without covering up the all-white colorway that makes them so popular in the first place.

We don't have a tutorial for this pair of customs, but sponsored artist @kingdom_made made a tutorial that'll show you how to get the woodgrain finish he used here. Check it out to see what tools you need to do it yourself.

Venice Vans

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Summer's coming up and there might not be a better place to spend it than Venice Beach in California.

Sponsored artist @chadcantcolor made these custom Vans featuring the iconic Venice sign and the street art aesthetic that you can find on every corner. Grab an Angelus Basics Kit to get started on your summer customs.

Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with more great customs like these. We post several designs every week from artists around the country.

Check Out These Tutorials to Level Up Your Customs

Customizing shoes lets you put your own personal take on your sneakers so you can be sure no one else is walking around with a pair like yours.

But creating a good pair of customs takes practice and a steady hand. You don't wanna ruin a good pair of shoes by messing up your designs.

We have experienced custom artist come through our studio all the time to create tutorials to help other artists learn new techniques and design tips. Check out some of these tutorials to see how you can take your customs to the next level.

Winter Wonderland 1s

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

@Kattycustoms came through to demonstrate how she turned a pair of "Rookie of the Year' 1s into an amazing pair of winter kicks.

Now, it might be a little late in the year to be wearing these, but this is a great tutorial for learning how to prepare your shoes to be painted and how to use pencils for fine lines and details.

Check out the full tutorial to see what materials she used to make these.

Fantastic Beasts - Converse Customs

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Painting skin tones can be a little tricky. You have to learn basic shading and blending techniques if you want to create customs depicting people or characters.

To help you learn these techniques, @christycustoms came by to show how she made this pair of custom Converse dedicated to the Fantastic Beasts series.

You can see the rest of the tutorial here to see how to implement these techniques on your own pair of customs.

Custom Nike Huaraches

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

One of the hardest things to do is create a pair of customs that like they came directly from the factors. Creating a finish that clean isn't as easy as painting over the original colorway.

In this tutorial, @malcolmgarret customizes a pair of Huaraches to show you how to use an Airbrush, along with some other materials, to create a clean factory finish.

Custom Dinosaur Purse

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Angelus Paint isn't limited to shoes. You can apply your designs to accessories, clothes, and furniture using many of the same tools and products that you already have.

@10andrea26 shows you how to customize a pure and create a unique neon watercolor splash effect. Check out the tutorial to see how you can replicate this design.

These are just a few of our more recent tutorials. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see some more designs you can create using our products, and remember to follow us on IG for some more custom inspiration.

 

Create High-Quality Customs with These Accessories

Creating customs is a high-effort, time-consuming process. From making the initial design to preparing the shoe to implementing your design, the entire customization process can take a while. The last thing you want after spending all that time is for the final product to look bad or to be ruined by the weather.

In order to make sure your final design comes out right and to ensure that your customs are protected from the elements, make sure to pick up these materials and accessories.

Starter Kit

If you're new to making custom kicks, then you need to make sure you get started on the right foot by picking up the basic materials you need to make high-quality designs.

This starter kit will hook you up with 3 standard paints, acrylic finisher, a high-quality cleaning solution, leather preparer and deglazer, a cleaning brush, and a paint brush set.

Empty Paint Markers

For certain designs, you might find it easier to use a marker over a paint brush. It can be difficult to do outlines, detailing, and touch-ups -- especially for novices.

This empty, refillable paint marker set allows you to create your own custom markers to draw detailed designs. These feature a pump action valve which allows you to control the flow of the paint.

Check out this short tutorial to see how you can use these markers to make high-quality customs.

Masking Tape

Masking tape is a must-have for any custom artist. Masking tape will help you paint better lines without leaking onto areas of the shoe you don't want to paint.

Masking tape also needs to be tear-resistant and easy to remove without leaving any residue. New artists should be sure to add this vital product to their inventory before getting started on making customs.

Shoe Trees

If you want your shoes to last as long as possible, you need to pick up a pair of quality shoe trees.

Simply insert these into your shoes when you aren't wearing them to make sure they retain their shape. These are adjustable, so they're perfect for any shoe between sizes 6 and 13.

Also, you can use these when painting to make sure your shoes don't bend when trying to draw straight lines.

Mink Oil

 

For leather shoes, you need to pick up some mink oil to make sure they last as long as possible.

This product has been used for years to condition leather shoes and products while protecting them from stains and water damage. You can also use this on suede, nubuck, rough-out, vinyl, and plastic. Combined with the easy cleaner from the starter kit, this product will help make sure your customs last. Check out more of our cleaning products here.

To learn more about how you can use our products to make great customs and to see a variety of custom tutorials, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Also, be sure to follow us on IG to check out some of the incredible custom designs we post every week.

Custom Accessories Inspiration

Normally, we like to showcase the amazing custom shoes we see from artists around the country every week. This time, though, we thought we'd share a few out-of-the-ordinary customized accessories to show you what you can accomplish with Angelus Paints aside from custom kicks. Check out these custom items for some quick inspiration for your next project.

Ice Cream Gucci Bag

(source: @mache275)

To kick things off, we have this cupcake-themed, hand-painted Gucci bag by sponsored artist @mache275. With pink frosting and multicolored sprinkles, this Gucci bag is truly one-of-a-kind.

Ken Griffey Jr Hand-Painted Baseball

(source: @kendrascustoms)

Sponsored artist @kendrascustoms hand-painted this Ken Griffey Jr. baseball on commission. Using a variety of Angelus leather paints, @kendrascustoms was somehow able to achieve such a detailed design on such a small, rounded surface. The process was surely difficult, but definitely worth it.

Custom Varsity Jacket

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms took on his first custom varsity jacket project and killed it. If you want to try painting your own custom varsity jacket with a similar color scheme, pick up some black, mustard, violet, and blue paint to get started.

Custom Strat

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Definitely one of the cleanest and most unique customs we've seen so far. Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms hand-painted this custom strat to create a clean red, white, black, and turquoise colorway. If this doesn't show you the extreme variety of customs you can create with Angelus paints, then nothing will.

Custom Black Leather Chair

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Lastly, to show you the extent of what you can customize, here's "the chair" by sponsored artist @chadcantcolor. If you have some old leather furniture laying around, try picking up a 12 color assortment kit and see what you can create.

Remember to follow us on IG for reposts of amazing customs and new product announcements.

 

Some of the Best Customs from January

The first month of 2019 was a great month for customs. Just like every month, artists throughout the country got to work and created some amazing designs. To get some inspiration going into February, check out a few of the best customs that we saw this past month.

Off-White Yeezy 350

(source: @sierato)

First up is sponsored artist @sierato with a creative pair of 350s. Off-White x Yeezy is every hypebeast's dream and this artist brought it to life using a creative colorway and a pair of off-white-inspired shoelaces. While Yeezy's started out as hard to get, they've become a little bit oversaturated in the last couple of years. So, if you're looking for a way to make your 350s stand out then look no further.

Red and Blue Nike Cortez

(source: @kattycustoms)

@kattycustoms always comes through with the incredibly clean colorways and this is no exception. These "Homage to Home" Nike Cortez's in red and dark blue show that you can keep it simple and still stand out. Check out @kattycustom's IG for more customs like these.

"Follow Your Tart" Custom Jean Jacket

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Most of you are probably here for the shoes, but we'll get back to that in a second. This custom "Follow Your Tart" jean jacket by @chadcantcolor is too clean to leave off of the list. This perfectly demonstrates what you can do with Angelus paints beyond customizing your sneakers. Consider picking up some paints to design your own custom jacket.

Cactus Jack 4s

(source: @feelgoodthreads)

Sponsored artist @feelgoodthreads uses his talents to transform the Jordan 4 Cactus Jack into his own Cactus Jack Family & Friends colorway. If you want to see exactly how he made this clean colorway, check out his tutorial. You'll be able to see what products he used to get this look, including blue suede dye, an Angelus paintbrush set, and a suede brush.

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Lastly, sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms is here to turn your toddlers into hypebeasts. To do that, he created a custom pair of "Airdorable" Off-White Jordans just for kids. Your baby might not appreciate the aesthetic just yet, but it's important to set your kids on the right path early. Grab some light blue paint and white or orange laces to get started on your own.

 

Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with our favorite customs that artists from all over the country send to us every week.