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Custom Sneaker Spotlight: June 2022

Customs this month were all about Nike, covering everything from Air Force 1s to the Nike Air Max. These designs show just how versatile customs can be with some wide ranging inspirations and designs. Check out the latest customs and find the Angelus Direct products to create your own.

(source: @jarcustoms)

It's all about the details on these Disney Cars themed Air Force 1s by @jarcustoms. That's why having the right detail brushes is key on these pale blue Lightning McQueen “Dinoco” customs. Accents like the Dinoco logo on the toe and cartoon eyes on the tongues give them that flashy and fun Cars look.

For the latest Angelus Direct YouTub tutorial @kiramadethis stopped by to show us how she creates a marble effect on these Air Jordans. The realistic marble pattern in black and white is offset with a little color with the perfect golden yellow. Learn how to create this design yourself with our latest tutorial.


(source: @jwdanklefs)

Eminem is the inspiration behind these Airmax 90s by sponsored artist @jwdanklefs. This bomber inspired design is done in light blue with red accents, with lots of little details that give these customs that vintage bomber plane look, with a modern twist.

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

Pattern Power

While it will always be popular to dedicate a pair of customs to your favorite movie character or sports team, we're seeing more and more customs that use creative patterns to transform a pair of sneakers. From splatter prints to marbling, there are countless ways to go. Check out the latest patterned customs below.

Splatter Print Nike Huarache

(source: stickynation_)

These Nike Huaraches get the neon splatter treatment with these customs by stickynation_. Vibrant oranges, greens and blues transform these all black sneakers into a colorful neon pattern no one will miss. The key is keeping the pattern on only key parts of the uppers for maximum impact without overwhelming the entire shoe.

Pastel Ombre Nike Jordan 1

(source: @sampsonnn4l)

These pastel Jordan 1 Lows brought all the colors of springs to this custom by @sampsonnn4l. An ombre effect seamlessly blends from pink to blue to yellow for colorful uppers.

Marbled Nike Jordan 1

(source: @kiramadethis)

@kiramadethis uses skillful painting to create this realistic marble effect. With a pink background and careful brown veining on the uppers, these could easily be mistaken for the real thing. 

Swirl Vans Old Skool

(source: @sneakerqueenscustoms)

@sneakerqueenscustoms recently stopped by Angelus Direct to show how she creates an abstract swirl pattern on these custom Vans. She uses custom mixed purple and blue color blocking to create a one of a kind design that makes the most of the pattern.

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

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: January 2022

From Air Force 1s with drip to Vans that are out for blood, January saw Angelus Direct Sponsored Artists creating one of a kind customs, perfect for the New Year. Check out the latest designs, techniques and Angelus Direct products you'll need to create your own customs.

(source: @justwincustoms)

Air Force 1s dripping with gold? These Nikes have it with a liquid gold swoosh so realistic it looks like it's ready to drip right off the shoe. This pair by Sponsored Artist @justwincustoms uses a combination of yellows to create this molten effect, and leaves the rest of the show bare to help the swoosh stand out.

 

(source: @sneakerkingsohio)

The night sky inspired these out of this world moon customs by Sponsored Artist @sneakerqueenscustoms. The inspiration came from a series of moon images done by the photographer who these customs were created for, complete with a crescent moon, stars and branches above. A combination of dark blues and deep greens give these customs that clear, night sky look.

(source: @lucha_loafers)

Speaking of things you only see at night, Sponsored Artist @lucha_loafers took a pair of Slip-On Vans and turned them into a colorful portrait of everyone's favorite funny, vampires with these "What We Do In The Shadows" customs. Green and blue highlights give these fanged fiends a spooky touch.

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

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!