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Angelus x Plaza Art Sneaker Painting Contest

Sneaker Painting Contest
Angelus has teamed up with Plaza Art to create a sneaker painting contest so that artists like you can showcase your talents.

Everybody who enters has a chance to win the grand prize of 83 Angelus paints and a set of Princeton brushes. A total of 13 artists will be selected to receive Angelus products.

All you have to do to enter is follow Angelus and Plaza Art on Instagram, and post of picture of your custom shoe with the hashtag #PlazaArtShoes⁣.

Check out Plaza Art on Instagram for more details.

The contest ends on June 10 at 11:59 pm EST, so get started now on your entry.
If you need some inspiration to get started, check out these customs for ideas.
Avengers Vans
(source:  @lucha_loafers)

Avengers may not be over forever, but the saga that started with Iron Man in 2008 is finally over.

Sponsored artist  @lucha_loafers designed these custom Vans which depict some of the most iconic characters from the Avengers franchise, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Thanos. 

UK Air Force 1s
(source:  @truebluecustoms)

Got a favorite sports team? Consider making a pair of customs dedicated to your favorite franchise to enter into the contest.

Take these custom Air Force 1s for example. Sponsored artist  @truebluecustoms designed these custom Air Force 1s to show support for the University of Kentucky.

Steph Curry Customs
(source:  @chadcantcolor)

It Steph finally about to get his first FMVP? With KD out of the picture, this might be the year.

These custom Curry's by sponsored artist  @chadcantcolor are another great example of how you can create a pair of customs to support your favorite franchise.

Bape Air Force 1s
(source:  @ianjpaintedit

Last up is another pair of custom Air Force 1s by sponsored artist  @ianjpaintedit. If you're having trouble choosing a canvas for your entry, white AF1s are one of the most versatile options.

The all-white colorway leaves a lot of room for you to implement your own complex design -- just like this artist did with these Bape-themed customs.

Hopefully, these pictures gave you some ideas to get started on your entry for the sneaker painting contest. That deadline's coming up, so make sure to get started soon. We want to see as many entries as possible. 

Remember to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs inspiration. 

Some of the Best Customs from May

May's coming to an end and it's almost officially summer. 

Before we move on, we wanted to showcase a few of the best customs our sponsored artists made in this last month of spring.

Check out these customs for some inspiration for your next project.

Tobin Bridge Customs

(source: @sab_one)

If you're from Boston, you probably already recognize what these customs are depicting.

Boston's own custom artist @sab_one took inspiration from the Tobin Bridge in Boston to create these custom Jordan 3s.

If you like these customs as much as we do, grab some avocado green paint to get started on a similar colorway.

Custom BBQ Jordans

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

These customs are definitely going to bring back some memories for most of you.

From summer BBQs to the burger spot around the corner, everyone's seen this iconic design somewhere.

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms took inspiration from the classic Solo Jazz cup to make this pair of custom Jordans.

Horror Movie Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers)

Sponsored artist @lucha_loafers killed it with these custom slip-on Vans.

Each shoe depicts some of Hollywood's most iconic horror movie characters -- from Chucky to Jason.

Which one are you picking?

Floral NMDs

(source: @kendrascustoms)

NMDs might never be as popular as Ultra Boosts, but they still have some of the cleanest colorways and silhouettes that Adidas has to offer.

Sponsored artist @kendrascustom took these NMDs to the next level with a hand-painted floral design. Perfect for spring.

Pop Art Slides

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Last up is this pair of insanely detailed Nike slides.

Sponsored artist @chadcantcolor designed these pink slides for Mother's Day featuring some incredible detail across the strap.

Pick up a 12 color assortment kit to see if you can top these.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on IG more customs inspiration like these.

New Customs to Close Out April

It can be hard to come up with new designs for every pair of customs. Everyone needs a little bit of inspiration sometimes.

One of the best ways to get inspired is to take a look at some of the great designs other artists are working on. From color combinations to art styles and aesthetics, you should be able to take something away from these amazing customs created by some of our sponsored artists.

Comic Strip Stan Smiths 

(source: @swellguycustoms)

Stan Smiths have a classic silhouette and are a staple in a lot of people's closet. It's hard to improve on such a clean, simple shoe, but if you want a little bit more color, sponsored artist @swellguycustoms can walk you through how he made these customs Roy Lichtenstein Stan Smiths.

Check out the tutorial to see what supplies you need to get started.

Easter Air Forces

(source: @tragik1993)

A bright pastel colorway might not be great for everyday wear, but it's perfect for Easter. If you're gonna go with a bold colorway like this, all-white Air Forces are probably the best canvas you can use.

Sponsored artist @tragik1993 designed these pair of Easter AF1s with all of the classic colors you probably associate with the holiday.

Pizza Hut Jordans

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

You can really take whatever theme you want and turn it into a pair of customs.

Look no further than these custom Pizza Hut Jordans by @astrotorfcustoms for proof. Pizza Hut's red and white color scheme is an all-time classic, and the red flat laces and pizza tag are the perfect toppings.

Custom Air Force 1s

(source: @kingdom_made)

You can do a whole lot by just redesigning a small part of the shoe. Altering the classic Nike Swoosh is a great way to customize a pair of AF1s without covering up the all-white colorway that makes them so popular in the first place.

We don't have a tutorial for this pair of customs, but sponsored artist @kingdom_made made a tutorial that'll show you how to get the woodgrain finish he used here. Check it out to see what tools you need to do it yourself.

Venice Vans

(source: @chadcantcolor)

Summer's coming up and there might not be a better place to spend it than Venice Beach in California.

Sponsored artist @chadcantcolor made these custom Vans featuring the iconic Venice sign and the street art aesthetic that you can find on every corner. Grab an Angelus Basics Kit to get started on your summer customs.

Remember to follow us on IG to keep up with more great customs like these. We post several designs every week from artists around the country.

Check Out These Tutorials to Level Up Your Customs

Customizing shoes lets you put your own personal take on your sneakers so you can be sure no one else is walking around with a pair like yours.

But creating a good pair of customs takes practice and a steady hand. You don't wanna ruin a good pair of shoes by messing up your designs.

We have experienced custom artist come through our studio all the time to create tutorials to help other artists learn new techniques and design tips. Check out some of these tutorials to see how you can take your customs to the next level.

Winter Wonderland 1s

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

@Kattycustoms came through to demonstrate how she turned a pair of "Rookie of the Year' 1s into an amazing pair of winter kicks.

Now, it might be a little late in the year to be wearing these, but this is a great tutorial for learning how to prepare your shoes to be painted and how to use pencils for fine lines and details.

Check out the full tutorial to see what materials she used to make these.

Fantastic Beasts - Converse Customs

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Painting skin tones can be a little tricky. You have to learn basic shading and blending techniques if you want to create customs depicting people or characters.

To help you learn these techniques, @christycustoms came by to show how she made this pair of custom Converse dedicated to the Fantastic Beasts series.

You can see the rest of the tutorial here to see how to implement these techniques on your own pair of customs.

Custom Nike Huaraches

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

One of the hardest things to do is create a pair of customs that like they came directly from the factors. Creating a finish that clean isn't as easy as painting over the original colorway.

In this tutorial, @malcolmgarret customizes a pair of Huaraches to show you how to use an Airbrush, along with some other materials, to create a clean factory finish.

Custom Dinosaur Purse

(source: Angelus Shoe Polish)

Angelus Paint isn't limited to shoes. You can apply your designs to accessories, clothes, and furniture using many of the same tools and products that you already have.

@10andrea26 shows you how to customize a pure and create a unique neon watercolor splash effect. Check out the tutorial to see how you can replicate this design.

These are just a few of our more recent tutorials. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see some more designs you can create using our products, and remember to follow us on IG for some more custom inspiration.


Buzz Lightyear LeBrons, Heineken Air Maxes + More - Check Out This Week's Best Customs

Every week brings new amazing customs. From Buzz Lightyear-themed LeBrons to Heineken-themed Air Maxes, custom artists across the country are constantly coming up with new design ideas.

Check out a few of the best customs that we saw this past week.

Autism Awareness Air Forces

(source: @mache275)

Custom shoes are a great way to show your support for an important cause.

Autism Awareness day was on April 2, and sponsored artist @mache275 designed these custom Air Force 1s to commemorate this important date. 

90s Cartoons Vans

(source: @lucha_loafers⁣)

These next ones are sure to make you feel some nostalgia. 

These custom Vans by sponsored artist @lucha_loafers depict some of the most iconic 90s cartoon characters. Which side are you choosing - Villains or Heroes?

Buzz Lightyear LeBrons

(source: @mache275)

Sponsored artist @mache275 took it upon himself to inflict some more 90s nostalgia with these LeBron 16s.

Honoring one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time, these LeBrons feature Buzz Lightyear's classic colors. You can pick up some green, purple, blue, and red paint to try making your own.

Heineken Air Maxes

(source: @sab_one⁣)

This isn't a product placement, these Heineken-themed Air Maxes are just too clean to leave off the list.

Sponsored artist @sab_one Heineken's classic red and green color scheme and star to design one of the best pairs of custom Air Maxes you'll ever see.⠀

Deadpool vs. Wolverine Customs

(source: @ianjpaintedit)

Two fan-favorite heroes make an appearance on these customs designed by sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit. Who do you think would win?

It's not easy to recreate a design with this much detail, but you can pick up a 12 color assortment kit to try it yourself.

This is just a small sample of the many amazing customs that you can see on our Instagram, so be sure to give us a follow to see more.

If any of these designs inspired you, check out our collection of high-quality paints to find the right colors for your next project.