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Angelus Tutorials: Custom Green Tones

This month Bryan Phillips from @swellguycustoms is breaking down just what you need to know to start mixing and creating your own custom greens with Angelus Paints. With so many Angelus Paint colors to choose from it can seem overwhelming just what colors to use to create the shade you want. Here are some tips for getting the results you want for creating customs of your own.

1. Angelus Standard Greens

When creating your own custom green a good place to start is by betting familiar with the standard greens that Angelus has to offer. From the classic green to light green, olive and Grinch Green, there are lots of greens to choose from. Green is a secondary color on the color wheel, which means it is created by mixing equal parts of two primary colors, in this case yellow and blue. The amount of yellow and blue you use can help you create different shades of green.

2. Lightening and Darkening

The easiest way to lighten your green is by adding white and to darken it add black. This will desaturate the color as it makes it less bright with the introduction of new tones. Remember it's easier to make colors darker than it is to make them lighter, so try to mix colors from light to dark.

3. Nike Air Max 90 Green Customs

Now you're ready to create some customs using your newly mixed greens. Bryan is using a pair of Nike Air Max 90s for his version of Angelus green customs. The first step with creating any pair of custom sneakers is to remove the laces. Since these shoes have leather uppers they also need to be prepped with Leather Preparer and Deglazer

Next he created a custom palette of five new colors by mixing greens, whites and blacks.

An Artist Palette can be a good way to access and mix colors. The Palette allows you to see all the colors next to each other so you can adjust as needed before you actually start painting. 

Once the shoe is painted, he uses some Angelus Matte Acrylic Finisher to protect his custom green Air Max 90s.

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!

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Brad Torf of @astrotorfcustoms

For Angelus Direct sponsored artist Brad Torf inspiration can come from anywhere. His designs range from super heroes to basketball greats, making his stand out designs one of a kind.



Here is a pair that will have you seeing nothing but net. With a graphic black and white basketball net design covering the uppers and Brooklyn Nets logos on both the tongue and the heel, this custom shoe is an ode to basketball greats. The satin finish on the paneling is achieved by using Satin Acrylic Finisher.



Spring is officially here, making it the perfect time for a lighter color palette. The Air Jordan is given a fresh look with alternating panels of white, pinkblue and purple.



Inspired by the Man of Steel, this Superman themed pair features blue uppers with red and gold accents. Gold Luxury Leather Laces give this homage to the Justice League the perfect finishing touch and help bring out the gold details.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

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.