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Angelus Tutorials: Custom Denim


Give new life to old denim with Angelus Paints. Jeans, jackets and any piece of denim clothing can be customized, just like leather, you just have to have the right tools and products. Angelus Direct sponsored artist @sophiesophss recently took us through the steps you need to take to create your own denim custom.


-Vinyl Stencil

-Heat Gun

-Flat White Angelus Paint


-Graphite tracing paper


-Detail brushes

-Black Paint

-Red Paint

-Chili Red Paint

-Orange Paint

-Yellow Paint

-Matte 4-Coat

1. Create Your Design

When you've decided what you want your design to be you can either paint it freehand or use a stencil. Having a print out or sketch of your design will also help. Here a vinyl stencil is transferred to the jeans using transfer tape. Once the vinyl stencil is in place you can use a heat gun to make sure the edges are fully adhering to the jeans.

2. Paint the Base 

For this tutorial Flat White Angelus Paint is used to block out the shape. Tracing along the edges and only taking paint right to the edge of the stencil helps keep paint from leaking underneath the edges.

3. Transfer the Design

To transfer the design on top of the Flat White Angelus Paint you can use graphite tracing paper. Use a detail brush to cover this outline in black paint and then fill in the rest of the design in red paint and chili red paint with orange and yellow accents.

4. Finishing Touches

When you finish painting your design you can remove the vinyl stencil. Clean up the edges by painting a black border around the edge. A layer of Matte 4-Coat on top will help protect the design.

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!

Glitterlites Do's and Don'ts

Adding some shine to your customs is easy to achieve with the addition of Glitterlites paint. You no longer have to deal with the mess of glue and loose glitter when you want to add some sparkle. There are nineteen different colors to choose from, so it's easy to find the right shade. This paint works a little differently than normal paint, so here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Glitterlites paint.


Before you begin do make sure to mix the Glitterlites paint so the glitter is evenly distributed. The heavier glitter can sink to the bottom, so this will help you get even coverage.

For maximum color saturation do apply Glitterlites over a similar hue of Angelus Paints

Do mix different Glitterlites paints to create your own custom colors. Adding black Glitterlites can help you add dimension, while adding white can add a frosty feel.

Do add Angelus 2-Thin if you're looking to thin out the coverage.


You don't need to apply a finisher on top of Glitterlites paint. A finisher will dull the shine, Glitterlites paint won't flake so a finisher isn't necessary.

Don't try to use Glitterlites paint with an airbrush. The larger pieces of glitter in Glitterlites paint make it too thick for an airbrush. A standard brush is the best way to apply it.

You can mix Glitterlites with paint, but it's not recommended as it will cover up some of the shine. We recommend applying Glitterlites over an already painted surface so the glitter can shine through.

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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.