While we all have a lot of extra free time on our hands, now might be a good time to practice some new tips and tricks that can help you take your customs to the next level.
Below are five great tips and tricks shared by some incredibly talented artists to help you learn how to make your own high-quality customs.
Tip #1: Use 2-Soft to Paint Canvas
Our first tip, from @sneakerqueenscustoms, is for those who aren't sure whether or not it's safe to use Angelus paints on soft fabrics like canvas or mesh.
Angelus 2-Soft is a fabric medium that you can mix with paint to ensure that your canvas shoes remain soft and flexible after you customize them. Without 2-Soft, the paint will cause the shoe to stiffen up, which can lead to chipping and cracking.
To use 2-Soft, mix it with Angelus Acrylic Paints in a 1:1 ratio, apply multiple layers, let the paint dry, and heat-set using a heat gun at 300º F for 3-5 minutes.
Tip #2: Prepare Cleats
For those interested in creating customs cleats, sponsored artist @truebluecustoms has a tip to help you prepare them correctly before you start painting.
Like any other shoe, start by using Leather Preparer and Deglazer to get rid of the shoe's factory finish. Then, use 400-grit sandpaper to completely rid the surface of any contaminants and synthetic materials.
Once done, you can tape up your cleats and start painting.
Tip #3: Deal With Overspray
If you notice overspray on your outsoles after airbrushing, use a detail knife to carefully scrape away the unwanted paint and create a clean line.
Detail knives can be used for several other purposes as well, such as cutting off stray bristles from a worn-out brush.
Tip #4: Watercolors
Another great way to paint canvas shoes is to use watercolors, as @bre_yeahthatsme shows us with this next customizing tip. This is particularly helpful if you don't have any 2-Soft at hand.
To get this effect, simply mix a small amount of Angelus paint with water until the mixture is fairly thin, then paint the shoe. After applying the first layer of paint, add more water to the mixture to make it thinner, and add another coat.
Repeat this until the shoe is covered and you get the desired watercolor effect.
Tip #5: Painting Fine Lines
Detail brushes are great for painting fine details, but sometimes you need something even more precise.
For painting extremely fine lines and details, sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear uses a toothpick (yes, a toothpick). Experiment with this tip yourself to see how you can use a toothpick to create detailed designs.
If you found these helpful, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram for more tips and tricks, and if you have a tip or trick you want to share, please tag us and use #HomeWithAngelus for a possible feature.
With all of us stuck at home, we thought it'd be a good time to share some of the great customs our sponsored artists have been working on so that you can get some inspiration for your next quarantine project.
Check out the customs below, and make sure to visit our online store to grab the tools and materials you need to create your own unique pair of customs.
If you haven't seen the new Tiger King documentary on Netflix, you're missing out. Joe Exotic, the star of the doc, has become a cultural phenomenon over the past week, and what better way to join in on the fun than with a fresh pair of customs.
Sponsored artist @mache275 designed these custom AF1s, featuring a portrait of the man himself on top of a clean tiger print background.
If you want to see how these were made, make sure to check out the design video on the artist's YouTube channel.
We might not see basketball come back for a while, but that's no reason to give up that Mamba Mentality.
These custom Kobe 11s, created by sponsored artist @sab_one, feature the classic purple and gold Lakers colorway in dedication to the late Los Angeles legend.
Hand sanitizer is a precious commodity these days, so these next customs are sure to have some serious resale demand.
Sponsored artist @solesbysir designed these Purell-themed Stan Smiths to keep his feet as clean as his hands while we're in quarantine.
This next pair is certain to bring on some nostalgia.
Sponsored artists @tragik1993 threw it back to a childhood classic with these Toy Story-inspired custom Air Maxes.
Grab a 12 color assortment kit to see if you can recreate this clean Buzz Lightyear color scheme.
Last is another pair of Air Maxes designed just in time for Air Max day.
Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed the Air Max 90 "Warhawk," featuring a green and silver upper with the iconic Warhawk shark mouth design on the toe box.
If you liked these, make sure to follow us on Instagram for more great customs, and don't forget to wash your hands, stay inside, and stay safe.
Mesh and canvas can be difficult to work with -- especially if you don't know what you're doing. It can be difficult to paint fine details on these softer and more flexible materials.
Keep reading to see how to use this method and what tools you'll need to get started.
What You Need
To paint canvas or mesh, you only need a few items:
Once you have all of your materials, it's time to get to work.
How to Paint Mesh
Start by prepping your shoes. To prep mesh and canvas shoes, tape off the areas that you don't want to paint, remove the laces, and use a shoe tree or plastic to stuff the shoe so that it holds its shape.
Before you start painting, mix Angelus 2-Soft with your paint in a 50/50 ratio. 2-Soft is a fabric medium that allows the paint to cling to soft materials like mesh and canvas without making the material stiff.
Then, using a #10 Filbert brush (or any other big, soft brush), apply your first coat of paint using light, even strokes. This will create an even coat without saturating the layers beneath the surface.
Alternatively, you can take a makeup sponge, dip it into your paint, and dab the surface of the shoe until the whole thing is covered. This technique uses a lot more paint but will help you get full coverage very quickly.
If you use the sponge method, be sure to still use a brush for the edges to protect the midsole from getting paint on it.
After your first coat dries, apply two to three more until the shoe is evenly coated.
How to Paint Canvas
Painting canvas is more or less the same as painting mesh. Prep the shoe by taping off the soles, removing the laces, and stuffing the shoe.
Just like painting mesh, start by creating a 50/50 ix of Angelus 2-Soft and your choice of paint. Then, use a brush to apply a light, even base coat to the shoe.
Tip: Use a micro detail brush to paint close to edges without creating blotches or going over the lines.
If you want to kick things up a notch, grab two more colors to create a fade effect.
Pick where you want the fade to start (if you're painting Vans, you can start at the line), grab your medium color, and start painting. As you work your way up, use less and less pressure on the brush so that the medium shade naturally fades into the lighter one.
Then, using the same color, fill in the area below the fade. Once that's done, take your third color, start from the bottom, and fade it into the second color using the same technique as before.
Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great tutorials like this one, and don't forget to check out our online store to grab all the tools you need to create your next pair of customs.
Angelus Paints can be used to customize a wide variety of different products and materials, but depending on the material you're painting, you'll have to use some different techniques and products to ensure that paint job sticks.
To show you how to paint different materials using Angelus products, @sophiesophss to give you a few helpful tips.
Keep reading to learn some useful new tricks and make sure to check out the full video on our YouTube channel for a more detailed tutorial.
The first thing we're going to look at is how to paint plastic, and to do that, you're going to need some Angelus 2-Hard and your choice of Angelus paints.
2-Hard is a material that, when mixed with paint, allows the paint to adhere to non-porous surfaces such as plastic or glass.
Combine the 2-Hard and paint in a 50/50 ratio, then apply multiple coats to the plastic portions of the shoe. After allowing the paint to dry, the last thing to do is apply a layer of finisher to seal the paint in.
To paint midsoles, start by taping off the upper and the sole to prevent the paint from getting on unwanted areas.
Then, to prep the midsole, wipe down the area with a cotton swab and some Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer. This will help ensure the paint sticks to the surface.
Lastly, apply multiple coats of the color of your choice, let the paint dry, and apply your finisher.
What about painting soles?
First, it's important to note that you should never paint the rubber portion of the sole. That being said, you can paint translucent soles using Angelus Sole Bright and Angelus dye.
Combine the Sole Bright and dye in a 50/50 ratio and apply the mixture to the translucent parts of the sole. Then, just let the mixture dry.
Canvas and mesh, while different materials, can be painted using the same methods.
Start with a 50/50 mix of paint and Angelus 2-Soft. 2-Soft keeps the material soft and flexible so that it doesn't become stiff once the paint dries.
Apply multiple even coats and use a heat gun to set the paint. These steps will work for both canvas and mesh shoes and other products.
Lastly, let's take a look at how to paint leather.
Like always, start by prepping the surface with Leather Preparer and Deglazer. If you're starting with black leather and want to use a lighter color, start by applying a base coat of white paint. This will help the lighter color to show up vividly.
After the white base coat is dry, start applying the color you want to paint the shoe. After applying multiple layers and letting the paint dry, apply a layer of finisher to top things off.
Angelus paints can be used for much more than this. Be sure to check out the full tutorial to see some other great applications.