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Custom Air Jordan 1 Tutorial: How To Weather Your Shoes

Air Jordan 1s are probably the single most iconic basketball shoe of all time, and while hundreds of Jordan 1 colorways already exist, creating your own custom color scheme is a great way to make your 1s match your style.

For our newest tutorial, we brought in Ike Okenwa from @thewizardofkickz to show us how to customize a pair of Jordan 'Gatorade' 1s, including how to easily create a custom weathered effect.

Make sure to check out the full tutorial on YouTube and grab the materials you need to create these customs from our online store.

How to Customize Air Jordan 1s

Before getting started, make sure you have the following materials on hand:

  • Masking tape
  • Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer
  • Angelus paint
  • Cotton pads/swabs
  • A paintbrush set
  • Acrylic finisher

Once you have your materials ready, it's time to get started.

Step 1: Tape

First, start by taping off the sections of the shoe where you don't want any paint or other products to get on.

Tape

Make sure to tape off the midsole and sock liner as we do not recommend using Angelus paint on these materials.

Step 2: Prep

Next, it's time to start the deglazing process. Simply dip a cotton pad into the deglazer and wipe down the shoe.

Deglazer

Leather Preparer and Deglazer removes the factory finish from the shoe to make it easier for the paint to adhere to the surface. You can also use it to create a weathered/vintage effect

Step 3: Sanding

To add to the vintage effect, you can use sandpaper to rough up the toe box and edges surrounding the toe box.

Sanding

When sanding, just be careful not to put too much pressure in order to avoid changing the texture of the leather.

Step 4: Painting

Once everything is prepped, you can jump right into painting the shoe. For this project, Ike is using Angelus Cream paint for a simple color block design, but of course, you can use whatever colors you want.

Painting

Make sure to paint in light, even layers to avoid clumping and cracking. Each layer should be completely dry before moving onto the next one. Ike painted a total of six layers to achieve a solid, factory finish.

Detail Brush

You can also use a detail brush to paint the Jordan wings logo and tongue tag.

Step 5: Finisher

After everything is dry, you can apply some Matte Acrylic Finisher to help protect the paint from minor scrapes and to get rid of the glossy finish.

Finisher

Apply the finisher the same way you would apply paint, and make sure to let it completely dry before wearing the shoes.

Once the finisher is dry, you can take off the tape, lace up the shoes, and wear them without worrying about damaging the paint job.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more great customs like these and check out some of our other tutorials on YouTube.

Create Your Own Custom Back to School Backpack

Schools around the country are starting to transition from online learning back to in-person classes, making now the perfect time to get your custom back to school gear ready.

To show you how you can use Angelus paints to create a custom backpack, Suheel from @feelgoodthreads stopped by to create an easy-to-follow tutorial for painting a clean desert camo design.

Check out the tutorial below, and don't forget to watch the full video tutorial for a more detailed look into the design process.

Materials

Before getting started, you'll need to have the following materials on hand:

  • Angelus Chocolate Paint
  • Angelus Bone Paint
  • Angelus Flat Black Paint
  • Angelus 2-Soft
  • Angelus Paint Brush Set
  • Mixing Jars
  • Water & Stain Repellent

Of course, you can change up the colors to fit your preferences. Once you have all your materials ready to go, it's time to get started.

Using 2-Soft

2-Soft is an absolute must when working with any canvas or soft fabric materials. When applied properly, it will help keep the fabric soft and flexible.

Angelus 2-Soft

All you have to do is mix your paint and 2-Soft in a 1:1 ratio and shake well before using. After doing this, you can use the mixture the same way you would use regular paint.

Painting the Backpack

Once your 2-Soft mixture is ready, you can put down the first coat of your design.

Important Note: Heat-set the paint/2-Soft mixture using a heat gun at 300º F for 3 - 5 minutes to make sure it sets properly.

Painting a backpack

When painting your camo pattern, you might notice a faint outline around your paint -- this is the 2-Soft spreading and soaking into the fabric.

To cover this up and create a cleaner pattern, you can use your paint (without 2-Soft) to outline the camo design.

Outlining

Make sure to let your base coat dry completely before applying any extra paint to prevent clumping and ensure the coat is even.

After finishing the main camo pattern, it's time to finish the design by painting the pebbles surrounding the camo.

Painting pebbles

For this design, Suheel is using Bone paint for the pebbles and Flat Black paint to outline them. To make sure the pebbles are clearly defined, you can leave out the 2-Soft in this step.

Finishing Touches

Once your paint is set and dry, it's important to apply some finishing touches to keep the paint clean and protected.

Water and stain repellent

While Angelus paints are already water-proof, we recommend adding a layer of Water & Stain Repellent to provide an invisible protective coating that repels water and stains to keep shoes clean and dry. 

Make sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need to recreate this backpack, and follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like this.

Create What You Can't Have: Best Custom Projects (September 2020)

Creating your own custom projects is the best way to get your hands on the sneakers and accessories that match your personal style. Whether you're after an AF1 colorway that doesn't exist, or you have a dream designer collab in mind, making it yourself is often the only way to get it done.

With that in mind, check out some of our favorite customs from this month below to get some inspiration for your next big project.

Custom Barstool

While a lot of artists stick to sneakers, you can customize almost anything as long as it's made up of the right materials.

Sponsored artist @swellguycustoms stopped by earlier this month to create a tutorial showcasing how you can use Angelus paints to customize a faux leather barstool, and you can apply these techniques to pretty much any faux leather product.

Check out the full tutorial to see the tools and techniques you can use to recreate this unique project.

Jordan x Dior Custom Cleats

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Miss out on the Jordan 1 x Dior collaboration that dropped earlier this year?

This was one of the biggest collabs in recent history, but it was almost impossible to get your hands on. Fortunately, though, you can always recreate it for yourself.

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms designed these custom cleats, featuring many of the same details from the original Jordan x Dior collab, including Dior-branded Swooshes, Air Dior branding, and a clean grey and white colorway.

Black Panther Balenciaga Runners

(source: @danielcordas)

With roles like the Black Panther and Jackie Robinson, Chadwick Boseman was a brilliant artist who inspired millions of people around the world.

To pay tribute to the late actor, sponsored artist @danielcordas designed these custom Balenciaga Runners, featuring an incredible illustration of one Chadwick Boseman's most iconic characters -- the Black Panther.

Halloween Custom Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers)

October is right around the corner, meaning now is a great time to start getting your Halloween customs ready.

Sponsored artist @lucha_loafers painted these custom Vans Slip-Ons, featuring some of the most recognizable villains of all time, from Hannibal Lecter to Freddy Krueger.

Cactus Jack Air Force 1

(source: @jaygotkustoms)

The Cactus Jack x McDonald's crossover is one of the weirder collabs we've seen yet, but that didn't stop the hype beasts from swarming McDonald's for a regular cheeseburger.

One good thing to come from this collab is this pair of custom Air Force 1s designed by @jaygotkustoms. These customs feature McDonald's x Travis Scott branding and a clean yellow, white, and brown color scheme to match the theme.

To see more great customs like this, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram, and grab the materials you need for your next project from our online store.

Football Season is Back! Best NFL Customs

America's favorite sport is finally back, and there's no better way to commemorate the return of the NFL than with some incredible custom sneakers and cleats.

Check out some of our favorite NFL customs below, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the tools and materials you need to create your own customs.

Patrick Mahomes Customs

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

No doubt Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be looking to repeat this season, and sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear created the perfect customs to prepare for a potential repeat.

These custom AF1s feature a clean Chiefs-inspired red and gold colorway alongside an incredibly detailed portrait of the team's star QB.

DeSean Jackson Custom Cleats

(source: @solesbysir)

Sponsored artist @solesbysir is constantly working with star athletes from several professional leagues to design some truly one-of-a-kind creations.

These custom cleats, created for DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2020 season, feature the Eagles' green and white color scheme with two portraits of everybody's favorite spinach-eating sailor on the uppers.

Chubb Customs

(source: @truebluecustoms)

The best merch is the merch you make yourself.

These custom AF1 Highs by sponsored artist @truebluecustoms are dressed up in the Cleveland Browns' brown, orange, and white color scheme. One shoe features Nick Chubb's jersey on the heel/ankle panel, while the other features the Browns' Dawg Pound branding.

Detroit Lions Custom Cleats

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

The NFL season is a busy time of year for @dejesuscustomfootwear, who is constantly whipping up customs for some of the league's best players.

One of his most recent projects is these custom Detroit Lions cleats for Geronimo Alison, featuring a white and blue colorway alongside some great graffiti work.

Steelers Jordan 11s

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

Creating a pair of customs dedicated to your favorite team is one of the best ways you can support your team from home this season.

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms painted these custom Steelers 11s, featuring a yellow upper, Steelers branding on the tongues, the Steelers logo on the ankle, jersey numbers across the heel tabs, and the Jordan 11 black mid completes the Steelers color scheme.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more great customs like these!

Custom Shoes, Wallets & More: This Week's Best Customs

Angelus paints can be used for much more than custom sneakers, and to help demonstrate the wide range of Angelus paint applications, Enzo from @ehkcustoms stopped by to show us how to customize a Starbucks cold cup.

Custom Starbucks Cup
(source: @ehkcustoms)

With the proper preparation, materials, and paints, you can turn your Starbucks cup into a practical and usable piece of art.

Make sure to check out the full tutorial on YouTube to see what tools you need and what steps you need to follow to recreate this project.

What the Lobster Nike SB Dunk Low
(source: @sab_one)

The Lobster and What the Dunk are two of the most iconic Nike SB colorways of all time, and as great as they are on their own, they might be even better together.

Sponsored artist @sab_one took inspiration from both of these shoes to create a one-of-a-kind pair of "What the Lobster" Nike SB Dunk Lows, featuring unique color blocking, purple and blue lobster bands, mismatching black and red Swooshes, and more unique details.

Louis V Custom Cleats
(source: @solesbysir)

With the NFL regular season coming up around the corner, players are starting to get their custom gear ready for the year.

Featuring a clean red and white color scheme and red Louis V branding, sponsored artist @solesbysir created these custom Louis V x Jordan cleats for Javon Kinlaw (@mook_dawg3) of the San Francisco 49ers.

Lionel Messi Custom Vans
(source: @lucha_loafers)

Things are still unfolding, but it looks like Lionel Messi's time in Barcelona is finally coming to an end.

In light of this, now seems like the perfect time to bring back these great customs created by sponsored artist @lucha_loafers. Featuring two incredibly detailed portraits of Messi wearing the unmistakable Barcelona colors, these customs are the perfect way to commemorate a legendary stint in Barcelona.

Goyard Custom Wallet
(source: @boyarde)

Angelus paint can be used on much more than just shoes-- wallets, clothes, and even furniture are all great canvases for your art.

Sponsored artist @boyarde designed and painted this custom Goyard wallet featuring the one and only Kermit the Frog.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more great customs like these, and check out our website to grab the materials you need for your next creation.

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