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Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Malcolm Garret

With an interest in vintage inspired apparel and custom sneakers, Malcolm Garett brings his own unique take to the world of Angelus Direct sponsored artists. His work includes everything from hats to ponchos to one of a kind sneakers. Here are some his latest customs.

(source: @malcolmgarret)

Leave it to Malcom to take the Virgil Abloh Off-White classic and make it his own. A subtly perfect combination of dark grey, beige and white make these customs a standout pair. Orange and yellow accents add color without distracting from the overall design.

(source: @malcolmgarret)

For an unexpected color combination that works check out this bright orange on glossy brown color palette. The rich brown gives these leather uppers an almost chocolate like appearance, with a slightly shiny finish and gives the bright orange on the rest of the shoe the perfect amount of contrast.

(source: @malcolmgarret)

Sometimes nothing will do but blue suede shoes, as these customs prove with an all blue design. With the uppers, tongue and part of the midsole in the same light blue, this is one cohesive pair of customs that give this Nike classic a new spin.

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

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: March 2022

Spring is in the air this month as bright colors and even brighter whites graced a number of customs. Whether it was playfully designed boots or hand painted florals, there is a custom pair to inspire your own spring forward this season.

(source: @cassykustoms)

Nothing says spring like the arrival of flowers and butterflies. These custom Vans by @cassykustoms use the all white canvas of these canvas shoes to decorate the Vans logo with a colorful parade of pink, bluelilac and green flowers and butterflies. A delicate green gradient behind the flowers help bring this design together.


(source: @cassykustoms)

@cassykustoms also brings us a pair of Air Force 1s in a fresh floral motif. The pale blue color palette is the perfect embellishment for the swoosh. Orange accents on the heel and laces add some color for contrast.

(source: @visionarykickz)

These customs by @visionarykickz have us seeing nothing but blue skies, with a clean color palette of white and pale blue. The white uppers on this pair of Air Force 1s are given a blue sky inspired look in pale blue complete with puffy white clouds.

(source: @narikicks)

These all white boots are given a colorful makeover by @narikicks with this fun, hand painted design. Stars in hot pink and flowers purple make this look like a pair of doodle covered shoes, but taken to the next level. 

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

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.

Do's

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.

Don'ts

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.

For other one of a kind products be sure to check out Angelus Direct.

Akumal Arts Festival Shoe Painting Workshop

(source: @registered_artist)

Whether it's painting murals, holding workshops or putting on performances, the Akumal Arts Festival aims to bring the community together through art. The festival draws both local and international artists, including @registered_artist, who will be creating a mural as part of the event.

(source: @registered_artist)

Angelus Brand is proud to be a sponsor of the Akumal Arts Festival and worked together with @registered_artist to put on a free shoe painting workshop for local children.

(source: @registered_artist)

This past Saturday ten students met at the local community center for the workshop where Angelus Direct had donated ten pairs of shoes and the paints and supplies needed to customize them. 

(source: @registered_artist)

With Angelus Brand paint, brushes and tape on hand the workshop was a great opportunity for local children in need to not only get a new pair of shoes, but create their own one of a kind custom.

Find everything you need to create your own customs at Angelus Direct.

Angelus Tutorials: Pop Art Hand Painted Designer Wallet

Just because a designer bag or wallet is already covered in logos doesn't mean you can't find a way to make it your own. The real concern when customizing something as expensive as a designer wallet is making mistakes, since the item you are customizing won't be cheap to replace. This tutorial shows step by step how to paint a new design on a wallet, while minimizing your chances for error.

Supplies:

-iPad or laptop
-Masking tape
-Detail Knife
-Deglazer
-Flat white
-Fine brush
-Black paint
-White paint
-Brown paint
-Orange paint
-Pink paint
-Grey paint
-Satin 4-Coat

 

1. Creating Your Design

To ensure your design fits on the wallet either draw it on an iPad or laptop, or take a photo of your drawing. This allows you to resize the image so it fits the area on the wallet you want to customize.

2. Create Your Stencil

Once the design is the size you want, tape over the screen. The design should still be visible through the masking tape, allowing you to trace around the design. When the design has been traced, remove the sheet of tape and place on a mat where the design can be cut out to create your stencil. You can use the tape to create a stencil for the main outline of design and another for more detailed parts of the design. 

 

3. Deglazing and Applying the Base Coat

With the main stencil outline down, it's important to deglaze the area and apply a base coat in flat white for the design. 

4. Tracing in Fine Details

Use the more detailed stencil to trace in the hair and face with a pencil, then do the same with the eyes and lips.

5. Outline Line Work

Use a fine brush and black paint to start on the line work. This will help create clear areas where you will add color.

6. Add color

When painting skin tones it can be helpful to start with a white base and add color slowly, so that you achieve the correct tone. Skin tones are usually made up of browns, oranges and pinks, but adding grey can also help with making it look more natural.

Once all the color has been added, go back in and thicken the black outline to help clean up the design.

7. Add a Clear Coat

When you're finished painting the design be sure to seal it with Satin 4-Coat. This will protect the paint from water, scratches or any other wear and tear the wallet might face.

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!