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#HomeWithAngelus - 5 Great Customizing Tips to Try Out in Quarantine

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

Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer. Used to prepare the surface before painting.

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

Detail Knife

(source: @parksart)

Next, @parksart shows us how to easily deal with unwanted paint using a detail knife.

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

Watercolors

(source: @bre_yeahthatsme)

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

Paint fine lines

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

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.

Tiger King AF1s + More Custom Inspo

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.

Tiger King AF1

(source: @mache275)

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.

Kobe 11s

(source: @sab_one)

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.

Purell Stan Smiths

(source: @solesbysir)

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.

Toy Story Air Max

(source: @tragik1993)

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.

Air Max 90 Warhawk

(source: @wallychamp15)

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.

How to Paint Mesh & Canvas

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.

To help you learn how to paint mesh and canvas, @chadcantcolor created a tutorial to show you how to use Angelus Paints on these surfaces using the clean fade and dab method.

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.

Paint Mesh

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.

Sponge Painting

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.

Painting Canvas

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.

Fade

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.

Finishing the fade

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.

Air Force 1 Custom Tutorial + More Great Pieces

Custom Junk Food Air Force 1's

For our latest tutorial, John from @wreck.creation stopped by to show you how to create this pair of custom junk food-themed Air Force 1s.

Whether you're a beginner or you've been doing this for a while, John will show you all of the tips, tricks, and materials you need to create these AF1s.

To learn how to make these for yourself, make sure to check out the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Chrome Air Force 1

(source: @kingdom_made⁠)

Sticking with the AF1, sponsored artist @kingdom_made is next up with a unique take on the classic Nike Swoosh logo.

These customs feature the first attempt at an original chrome effect that takes these AF1s to another level without changing the classic all-white color scheme.

Pulp Fiction AF1

(source: @danielcordas⁠)

What's your favorite Tarantino movie?

For these next Air Force 1s, sponsored artist @danielcordas paid tribute to one of his favorites by depicting three of the main characters from the all-time classic, Pulp Fiction.

Air Max 90 Warhawk

(source: @astrotorfcustoms⁠)

Making your own custom sneakers is all about creating what you can't have. Sometimes, that means recreating an existing colorway that you can't get your hands on.

That's what sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms did with this pair of custom Air Max 90 Warhawks, which features a colorway almost identical to the original.

Make sure to grab a 12 color assortment kit if you want to try recreating your own favorite shoe.

Back to the Future Customs

(source: @tragik1993)

You've probably seen the official Nike Mags before, but you've probably never seen a pair of Back to the Future hoverboard customs.

Sponsored artist @tragik1993 created both with this pair of customs -- one shoe featuring the classic Nike Mag color scheme, the other featuring the same color scheme and pattern as the board itself.

Which one do you prefer?

To check out more great customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram. Also, be sure to stop by our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own customs.

How to Customize Boxing Gloves

In order to continue creating amazing customs, it's important to continue learning new techniques and ways to create unique designs. To help you do this, we have a large collection of tutorials over on our YouTube channel -- each offering new tips, tricks, and techniques for painting customs.

For this week's tutorial, Austin (also known as @jarcustoms) was nice enough to stop by the studio to teach you how to create a custom pair of boxing gloves. Customizing a pair of boxing gloves has been on our list for a while now so we're super excited to have final knock these out.

Keep reading to see how you can create these The Simpsons-inspired boxing gloves for yourself.

Leather Preparer & Deglazer

Just like customizing a pair of sneakers, you're going to want to start by preparing the leather on your boxing gloves. Otherwise, the paint will not adhere effectively to the surface. Prepping it will help avoid chipping and peeling after you're done.

To prep the gloves, use a cotton pad to apply an even layer of Leather Preparer and Deglazer to any area that you plan to paint.

Tape

After applying the Leather Preparer and Deglazer, you can use masking tape to tape off the bottom section of the gloves.

By using masking tape and paper towels to separate the bottom and the top of the gloves, you can prevent paint from dripping down into unwanted areas.

Airbrush

Once the gloves are prepared, it's time to start painting.

For this project, Austin started by using an airbrush with a mixture of paint and 2-Thin to paint over the wrist section. Since the wrist section is black, start with a layer of gray paint, then light gray, before finally moving on to white. This will make sure the base is completely covered.

Apply two to three coats of each color, and let each layer completely dry before applying another.

Airbrush

Next, Austin used a mixture of light blue, white, blue, and 2-Thin to create a sky blue base for the wrist section.

Again, be sure to apply multiple light coats and allow each coat to completely dry before applying another.

Paintbrush

Next, it's time to move on from the airbrush and start painting your design.

For this project, Austin painted the wrist section to mimic the classing The Simpsons opening sequence. He also used a custom Everlast stencil to finish off the section.

Of course, if you want to paint a different design, you don't have to stick with the same theme.

*Note: For that classic The Simpsons yellow, use a 60/40 mixture of yellow and maize paint.

Stencil

Now, it's time to transfer your design to the top portion of the glove. To do this, Austin made custom stencils to easily transfer his sketch over to the gloves.

To make a quick custom stencil, place masking tape over a section of your sketch, use a pencil to sketch the outline of your design, then use a detail knife to cut out the stencil.

Using the Stencil

To use the stencil, simply tape it on to the glove, and use your airbrush to fill it in with a flat white base coat.

Then, use a brush to fill in all of the finer details in the stencil. You can repeat this step as many times as necessary to complete the rest of your design.

Acrylic Finisher

Lastly, once you've finished painting your design, use an airbrush to apply a final layer of Matte Acrylic Finisher.

This acrylic finisher will act as a clear protective top coat to protect the gloves from minor scuffs and scratches.

Once the finisher dries, your gloves are done and ready to go.

Custom Boxing Gloves

For a more detailed walkthrough on how to create these custom boxing gloves, make sure to check out the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the products you need for your next project.