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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.


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.


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.

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.

Kobe Customs + More Great Kicks

Bel-Air AF1s

Kicking things off is sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear teaching us how to recreate this iconic Bel-Air/90s-inspired pattern.

For this tutorial, Dylan used a pair of all-white AF1s to demonstrate how to create this pattern, but you can apply it to pretty much any pair of kicks you want.

To learn how you can recreate this design, make sure to check out the full tutorial on YouTube for a detailed walkthrough, including all the materials and stencils you need to get started.

Kobe Customs
(source: @mache275)

August 23 is Kobe Bryant's birthday, and to celebrate his amazing legacy, sponsored artist @mache275 created these custom Kobe's.

Featuring the unmistakable purple and gold Lakers color scheme alongside two incredibly detailed portraits of the man himself, these customs are a great way to pay respect to Kobe's lasting impact.

Free Joe Kelly Customs

Turns out professional athletes don't love it when a team cheats their way to a championship.

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms designed these "Free Joe Kelly" custom cleats for Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds after Joe Kelly was suspended for intentionally throwing at Astros players.

Lakers Customs

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms also came through with a pair of customs dedicated to celebrating Kobe's birthday and legacy.

These custom Jordan 13s feature several great details, including the Lakers purple and gold color scheme, both of Kobe's iconic 8 and 24 jerseys, and "Mamba Forever" and "Legends Never Die" inscribed on the toes.

Star Wars Vans
(source: @kendrascustoms)

Vans Slip-Ons are arguably the best shoe for detailed, large-scale paintings. Just take a look at these Star Wars customs by sponsored artist @kendrascustoms.

Featuring two of the series' many instantly-recognizable characters, Darth Vader and Chewbacca, these customs showcase insane attention to detail and are the perfect kicks for the hardcore Star Wars fan.

If you liked these customs, make sure to follow us on Instagram for more examples of what you can achieve with Angelus paints.

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