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Airbrush with Angelus

Whether you're a professional or create customs as a hobby, having an airbrush will take your work to the next level. That's why Angelus is excited to release the new Angelus x Grex Airbrush

The Angelus x Grex Airbrush comes with everything you need, including:

  • Airbrush w/ 5mm Nozzle & Comfort Grip
  • Airbrush Compressor
  • 6' Nylon braided air hose
  • Airbrush Holder - fits two airbrushes

With an ergonomic grip, this airbrush provides improved comfort and handling. Internally mixed media creates fine atomization. Interchangeable top-mounted reservoirs are easy to use and the preset adjustment knob makes for precise paint volume control. Convert to different nozzle sizes with the additional of other kits.

    Here are some airbrushing tips to get you started.

    When using older paint add some 2-Thin to make sure the consistency is correct. It should be the same thickness as milk to ensure it can flow through the airbrush needle. Run the paint through a strainer to remove any possible clumps.

    Add some white to the first coat of paint to use a primer. This will result in a more even finished product.

    Use your airbrush to apply the finish of your choice. An airbrush will help give you an even finish.

    Keep your airbrush clean with the right tools, like an Airbrush Cleaning Pot.

    Find the Angelus x Grex Airbrush Kit here and make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see the latest custom creations.⁠

    Angelus Tutorials: Custom Watch Bands

    There's no limit to what you can customize and leather items especially lend themselves to customization. From an everyday watch to some of the most high-end, a customized leather watch band is the perfect way to put your personal stamp on an accessory.


    -Watch bands


    -Cotton balls



    -Paint brush

    -Matte 4-Coat 

    1. Deglaze

    The first step is to prepare the leather for painting by using deglazer to remove any finish. You can use a cotton ball to apply the deglazer. 

    2. Painting and Stenciling

    Choose the design you want to apply, either by hand painting or with a stencil. Here a checker pattern stencil is applied to the band to help create a clean design. 

    Thin coats of paint, about three or four, applied with a fine brush will help create a clean look.

    For this design smiley faces in a custom yellow add some color to the black and white background. This yellow is created using flat white, yellow and orange

    When both areas are painted the stencils can be removed.

    3. Top Coat

    When the design has dried applying some Matte 4-Coat will help protect the paint and give the leather some sheen, giving it that professional, finished look. 

    You can also use any combination of brushes, air brushes and stencils, just like with any other custom.

    More Custom Tutorials

    If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

    Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

    Angelus Tutorials: How to Paint Smooth Gradients

    Recently Miles Costales dropped by Angelus to demo just how to create a smooth gradient. Whether you're using a gradient as a background or the main effect, doing it in an even way will give your customs that professional look.

    For this tutorial he's showing us how to create a gradient on some summer themed slides. An airbrush is an easy way to make sure the finish is smooth, but Miles is going to show us how to achieve the same effect with paint brushes

    1. Prep

    Prepare the shoe for painting by removing any finish with Leather Preparer and Deglazer. Once the finish is removed, tape off any areas that you don't want to paint.

    2. Base Coat

    Miles uses the Angelus Paint Brush #10 Shader and Angelus White Paint to create a base for his design. It takes about ten to twelves coats of white paint to get a solid base.

    3. Tape the Lines

    More tape is used to tape off the lines for this design, so there are white lines in background.

    4. Painting the Gradient

    Just as many thin layers were used to create the base coat, thin layers are key to creating an even gradient. Miles mixes his colors, in this case reds, oranges and yellows for a sunset, then applies them from left to right, working quickly while they are still wet to help them blend. Use the brush to blend between each color.

    5. Palm Tree Design

    To add the palm tree design over the gradient sunset use a stencil or paint your own design in black. Use a fine brush for this kind of detail work.

    6. Finish

    Protect your work with some Matte Acrylic Finisher and remove the tape to reveal a custom pair of sunset themed slides with a smooth gradient.

    More Custom Tutorials

    If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

    Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

    Airbrushing Basics


    The first step in any project is prep, which with airbrushing means getting the right supplies and taking the proper steps to make sure the rest of the painting process goes smoothly. Once you have sandpaper, a paint strainer, Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer, scouring pads and cotton balls you're ready to start.

    Lightly sanding leather shoes with a 400, 800 or 1,500 grit sandpaper will help roughen up the surface so the paint can better adhere. 

    Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer applied with a scouring pad and then a cotton ball should help further remove anything on the shoes surface. 

    Any parts of the shoe that you don't want to paint will need to be taped off. New Angelus Paints should be ready to use with an airbrush, but if you have older paint that needs to be thinned you can add 2-Thin. Try to get the paint to a milk like consistency, then put it through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps.

    Once your shoe is painted with your design, remove the tape and clean up any areas with excess paint using a toothpick. To set the design use your airbrush to apply a finisher in your desired finish.

    Click here to find all the supplies you need for your next airbrushing project.

    Custom Sneaker Tutorial: Cyberpunk 2077 Nike Blazers

    Announced all the way back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077  is finally being released after nearly a decade of anticipation.

    CyberPunk 2077 Nike Blazers | Custom Angelus Paint Shoes

    To commemorate the occasion, Bryan from @swellguycustoms stopped by to put together a tutorial demonstrating how to create a custom pair of Cyberpunk-themed Nike Blazers.

    Check out the tutorial on YouTube for a detailed walkthrough, and read on for a quick overview on how to create your own custom Blazers.

    Removing the Nike Swoosh

    For these customs, Bryan created a custom Nike Swoosh to match the Cyberpunk aesthetic, and to do that, you need to start by removing the outside Swoosh from both shoes.

    Remove Nike Swoosh

    Use a detail knife to cut the stitching that attaches the Swooshes to the shoes, but be careful not to cut the surface.

    After removing the Swooshes, you can use tweezers or nail clippers to remove the leftover frayed threads.

    Removing the Factory Finish

    Just like with any other custom project, it's important to prep the shoe before painting to make sure the paint adheres to the shoe and doesn't easily chip, peel, or crack.

    Shoe Prep

    To remove the factory finish from the Blazers, use a cotton swab and Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer to rub all of the areas that you intend to paint. This will create a clean finish for you to apply your custom design.

    Before moving on, you can also tape off the midsole to prevent paint from getting on any unwanted areas.

    Painting the Customs

    After prepping, it's time to start painting the base of the shoes. For these customs, Bryan laid down a base layer of Pale Yellow paint, and on top of that, used a custom mixture of Thunder Yellow and Neon Sunset Yellow


    Note: Since we're using an airbrush for this portion, you can mix four parts of Angelus paint with one par Angleus 2-Thin to make it easier for the paint to pass through the airbrush.

    painting the upper heel

    For the upper heel, use a brush to apply a base layer (or a few layers, if necessary) of pink, and follow it up with a mixture of Chili Red, Raspberry, and Jamaican Joy.

    Creating a Custom Swoosh

    Now, it's time to create the custom glitch effect for Nike Swoosh. Start by taping over the area where the original Nike Swoosh was, then use a pencil to trace the Swoosh on the tape using the leftover stitching holes.

    Creating a Custom Swoosh

    After tracing the Swoosh, use it as a reference to draw your custom glitch effect. To get the glitch effect, you want certain parts of your sketch to be jutting out of the Swoosh and other jutting into the original Swoosh.

    Cut the Stencil

    Next, use a detail knife to carefully cut out your stencil. Then, you can use an airbrush to paint the custom Swoosh with a mixture of Pale Blue and Neon Bahama Blue.

    Outlining the Swoosh

    Finally, peel the stencil off and use the same red mixture you used for the upper heel to outline the custom Swoosh, creating a clean drop shadow effect to give the design some depth. Do the same to the Swooshes on the inside of the shoes to create a more cohesive design.

    Using Suede Dye

    Nike Blazers also have suede patches on the toe and on the side above the midsole, so to make these patches match the rest of the shoe, you'll need to dye them using yellow suede dye.

    Suede Dye

    You can use a paintbrush to apply the dye to the suede patches, but be careful as suede dye is a permanent alcohol-based solution -- you don't want to get any on areas other than the suede patches.

    After applying the dye, wipe off any excess dye with a towel, and let the shoes dry for 24 to 48 hours before wearing.

    Finishing Touches

    The last thing to do is to use your airbrush to spray the shoe with Angelus Matte Finisher to give the shoes a clean finish.


    Use a heat gun to dry the finisher after applying. In addition to giving the shoes a flat look, the finisher also helps protect the paint from minor scrapes and scratches.

    After letting the shoes completely dry, you can lace them up and wear them as you normally would.

    Make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel or more tutorials like these and follow us on Instagram for custom sneaker inspiration.