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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.


-iPad or laptop
-Masking tape
-Detail Knife
-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!


Tommy Nickerson, known as @beargallery, recently joined the Angelus Direct team as a sponsored artist. Tommy is a Los Angeles based artist who has created thousands of customs over the years. His work has been inspired by everything from the music world to cartoons and can be seen on everything from shoes to guitars. Check out his best work and find him on the Angelus Direct YouTube channel where he shares step by step tutorials.

(source: @beargallery)

These Space Jam Nikes were the subject of one of his tutorials for Angelus Direct. Featuring Space Jam 2 stars Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird, these Lebron Witness 5s required a variety of techniques, from drawing the characters to creating the splatter print midsoles. He takes you step by step as he explains how he creates his colors for the perfect match for each character, like Tweety Bird by mixing orange and yellowHe also mixes violetblue and white to match the purple accents, then creates a neon green with yellowblue and white for the splatter pattern.

(source: @beargallery)

Shoes aren't the only medium he customizes, he's also created a number of custom guitars featuring subjects ranging from mountain landscapes to Sponge Bob. This delicately executed custom acoustic guitar uses the wood finish as a backdrop to these floating monarch butterflies in black and orange.

(source: @beargallery)

These Purple Rain themed Doc Martens are a pair of customs any Prince fan would covet. With one shoe in black and white and other in all its purple glory, these customs make the most of these Doc Marten boots as a canvas. The other side of each shoe spells out Prince and his iconic Prince symbol.

(source: @beargallery)

Pet portraits are another common subject for Tommy and these custom Vans are a great example of some of his most personal work. Each portrait perfectly captures the personalities of these sweet pups in black and bone. The black of these Slip-On Vans makes the ideal backdrop.

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

Art Inspired Customs

Customizers can turn any bag into fine art. These customizers take it one step further with pieces inspired by artists. Whether it's Frida Kahlo's flowers or Art Deco elegance, here are some of the latest customs to find inspiration in the world of art.

(source: @boyarde)

Sponsored artist @boyarde takes inspiration from Frida Kahlo with this custom Hermès Kelly. The flowers and vibrant reds, yellows and purples are taken from Kahlo's work.

(source: @hey.customs)

@hey.customs takes it back to the basics with an anatomy drawing inspired Coach wallet in mint and black. A mint background helps this expertly painted skull study stand out, showing off every last detail on this black card holder.

(source: @maisongris_)

Another Hermès Kelly gets the custom treatment from @maisongris_. This time it's the Art Deco style of Tamara de Lempicka, with all it's elegance and linear design. Vivid green and red give a pop of color to this otherwise monochrome bag.


While purses and wallets can make interesting canvases, there's nothing like an actual canvas for large scale pieces of art. This original piece by transforms a five foot canvas into a vibrant, multicolored elephant in greens and blues. The red and yellow sunset make the perfect backdrop for this piece of art.

Find more inspiration for your own customs at Angelus Styles on Instragram.

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: December 2021

Customs this December found inspiration everywhere, from the holidays to wedding days. Some found fresh new color ways, while others relied on expertly painted details to make some of the most inspiring customs this holiday season. Check them out below and let them inspire you for the coming year.

(source: @julia.miaw)

What would Christmas be without Santa and Coca-Cola? A whole lot less fun, as these Coca-Cola Christmas Air Force 1s can prove. From a Coca-Cola tied up with a bow, to the Coca-Cola polar bears, these customs by @julia.miaw celebrate the classic ads down to the last detail in Santa Claus red and white.

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Speaking of redwhite and green, what about tomato custom Old Skool Vans? Why not, asks @truebluecustoms? These customs created for @appharvest celebrates everyone's favorite summer produce with expertly painted tomatoes still on the vine. The green @appharvest logo on the toe and details on the heel finish these customs off. Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium is a must for adding to Angelus Paint on this canvas pair.

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Every bride needs a special pair of shoes to remember their special day and customs are the perfect way to celebrate. @astrotorfcustoms created this pair of Air Jordans as a surprise for some lucky newlyweds. The uppers pair light and dark pink with cream for a lovely color combination. The wedding date in gold perfectly matches the Gold Leather Laces for a pair and a day they'll never forget.

(source: @taicustomkicks)

These Air Jordan 1 Low's by @taicustomkicks take a new color way to the next level, with shading and dripping details that give this pair added dimension. The blue, yellow, red and purple combination is balanced out by the fresh white background on the uppers. Details, like blueyellow and red dripping onto the swoosh, add interest and make it known these aren't your off the shelf Air Jordans.⁠⁠

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

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: November 2021

November saw customs featuring everything from nature inspired designs to futuristic sneakers from the latest artist to join the Angelus Direct sponsored artist family. Whether it's clean lines or hand painted designs, here are the latest customs created using Angelus products this month.

(source: @nuffcedtokyo)

These customs by @nuffcedtokyo give new meaning to 'rocking' your favorite sneakers. These hand-painted Jordan 1's, named "Forbidden Dragon" by their artist @nuffcedtokyo, feature three different rock inspired patterns for one solid design. The key is having the right greys, browns and blues to give this pair a realistic rock look.

(source: @malcolmgarret)

The lavender love is real with these Air Jordan 1's by sponsored artist @malcolmgarret. A unique color combination of violet, green and black gives these customs a graphic look. Angelus Pearlescent Print Purple is used to highlight the Air Force 1 logo.

(source: @taicustomkicks)

This month Angelus added a new member to the sponsored artist team with @taicustomkicks. From Slovenia, @taicustomkicks has been working as a customizer for years. This pair uses yellow, grey and turquoise to give these futuristic Air Jordans a modern feel.

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