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DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial

DIY Halloween Costume

If you're still looking for the perfect Halloween costume, why not try making it yourself?

To help you get ready for Halloween, Bryan Phillips (@swellguycustoms) stopped by to show you how to make a custom pair of Joker Vans, a custom mask, and a pumpkin.

Keep reading to see how to make these customs for yourself, and make sure to check out the full video for a more in-depth walkthrough.

Painting Canvas

To start, you're going to want to paint the upper-mid section of your Sk8-His in the same color as Joker's vest.

Blend Buttercup and Yellow paint with an equal amount of 2-Soft. 2-Soft thins out the paint mixture so that it soaks into the canvas without making the shoe stiff.

Once you finish painting this section, use a heat gun at 300 degrees to set the paint on the canvas.

Red Toe Cap

Next, use a mixture of Raspberry, Red, and 2-Soft to paint the canvas toecap and tongue.

Just like before, you're going to want to use a heat gun to make sure the paint sets before moving on.

Painting Leather

For the last color, use a mixture of Green, White, and Collector Edition Aqua 8. Use this mixture to paint the Vans wave and the inside of the shoe.

Important: Since these areas of the shoe are leather, use some Leather Preparer and Deglazer before painting to ensure the paint sticks and looks good.

Painting the Side of the Shoe 

For the final touch, use some Fire Red paint to add some iconic Joker lines to the side of your custom Vans. This last detail will make your customs truly represent the Joker.

For this pair, Bryan went with "Put on a happy face," but you can do whichever line you want.

Joker Pumpkin

These custom Joker Vans are amazing on their own, but if you want to see how you can complete your costume and decorations, be sure to check out Bryan's full tutorial to see how you can make your own Joker-themed Halloween mask and pumpkin.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more great customs and tutorials, and be sure to stop by our online store to pick up the materials you need to create your custom Halloween costume.

Custom Halloween Kicks

Halloween is right around the corner, so it's time to start getting your costumes ready. Whatever you're planning to dress up as, every costume can be bumped up a notch with a pair of custom Halloween kicks.

If you need some inspiration for your Halloween costume, check out these customs to get the ideas flowing.

Child's Play Customs

Child's Play is an all-time horror classic, making it the perfect choice for your Halloween customs.

These Child's Play-themed Air Force 1s, created by sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear, are the perfect pair of gruesome customs to rock at the Halloween party.

Custom Joker 1s
(source: @ danielcordas)

Who's your favorite Joker? Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger are hard to beat, but Joaquin Phoenix killed it in the newest addition to the DC universe.

In any case, you can't deny that these custom Joker Jordan 1s are the perfect Halloween customs. Sponsored artist  @danielcordas nailed this depiction of Phoenix's Joker.

Halloween Yeezys
(source:  @bbizon)

It's not easy to choose from the many iconic horror movie characters, so why not pay tribute to all of them?

That's what sponsored artist  @bbizon did with these custom Yeezys. From Jason and Freddy to Michael Myers and Pennywise, these Yeezys feature some of the most famous Halloween characters of all time.

Halloween Vans
(source: @ lucha_loafers)

Sponsored artist @lucha_loafers designed these Halloween Collection custom Vans, showcasing a few of the most iconic characters the horror genre has produced over the years.

Want to try making your own? Pick up a 12 Color Assortment Kit to paint some of your favorite Halloween villains.

Halloween Vans

Jack-o-Lanterns, bats, zombies, etc... These custom Vans by @astrotorfcustoms take things back to basics by showcasing some Halloween staples.

You can get started on your own by picking up some black and orange paint along with some orange laces to tie things together.

Remember to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and don't forget to check out our online store to grab some materials for your next project.

New Customs to Start the Week

Need ideas for your next pair of customs?

Check out these customs from some of our sponsored artists to see some of the designs you can create with Angelus paints.

LeBron Lakers Custom
(source:  @wallychamp15)

Who's ready for the Lake Show?

The NBA preseason starts this week, which means we're about to get a glimpse of some of the insane duos that formed this offseason.

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed these custom LeBrons which features King James alongside some Lakers legends.

Get ready for the Lakers season by picking up some purple and gold paint to make your own Lakers customs.

Back to the Future Cleats
(source:  @truebluecustoms)

If our calculations are correct, when these babies hit 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious...⁠ You know the rest.

Sponsored artist  @truebluecustoms made these custom Back to the Future Cleats, inspired by the classic Nike Mag.

Comic Book Customs

Disney's getting ready to launch its own streaming service next month, which means we're going to be getting some new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

National Comic Book Day just passed, and sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear designed these custom Jordans for the occasion.

Which of these heroes is your favorite? Try designing your own customs dedicated to your favorite Marvel character.

Welcome Home Air Force 1
(source:  @bbizon)

It's always good to see some customs that deviate from the standard red, white, blue, and black colorways.

Sponsored artist @bbizon designed these "Welcome Home" Air Force 1s for @aries, featuring a clean rainbow pastel color scheme.

Grab an assortment kit to try your hand at making a similar pair of customs.

Chucky Cleats
(source:  @mache275)

Halloween's still a few weeks away, but there's no reason you can't start getting ready for it now.

These custom Chucky cleats, designed by sponsored artist @mache275, are the perfect pair of cleats to wear on the field this October.

Remember to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like these and check out our online store to get the materials you need for your next project.

MLB Customs For Players' Weekend

The MLB Players' Weekend is back for the third year in a row. This weekend, players can showcase their personalities through their jerseys and equipment.

For Players' Weekend 2019, several of our sponsored artists worked with some of the League's biggest players to create customized cleats for the weekend's games.

Check out a few of these special customs below.

Vans Cleats

(source: @solesbysir⁠)

The Vans checkerboard pattern is an all-time classic, but, until Vans starts making cleats, these are the perfect substitute.

Sponsored artist @solesbysir designed these custom Vans cleats for the All-Star MVP Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians.

Osito Custom Cleats

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Willie "Osito" Calhoun cleaned up this weekend. Calhoun and Danny Santana both hit homers in a 4-0 win against the White Sox.

Despite Osito's dominant performance, the star of Saturday night's game against the White Sox were these clean custom cleats designed by sponsored artist @truebluecustoms.

Domingo German Customs

(source: @solesbysir)

@solesbysir had a busy Players' Weekend. On top of the custom Vans cleats he designed for Shane Bieber, he painted these custom cleats for @domingogermandr of the New York Yankees to represent his Hispanic heritage.

Keep your eyes peeled for Domingo "Sunday" German's incredible custom cleats on Sunday night.

University of Miami Custom Cleats

(source: @truebluecustoms)

Yonder Alonso has come a long way since his college days. 10 years into his MLB career, Alonso recently received All-Star status, but he hasn't lost touch with his roots.

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms designed these custom University of Miami cleats to help the first baseman rep his alma mater.

Clark the Cub Customs

(source: @astrotorfcustoms⁠)

Players' Weekend isn't just for the players. We gotta show some love for the mascots, too.

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms designed these custom shoes for the legendary @clarkthecub of the Chicago Cubs. Don't forget to show some appreciation for your team's mascot this weekend.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like these, and check out our online store to pick up the materials you need to create your own unique customs.  

Custom Leather Backpack Tutorial + More

You're not limited to shoes for your custom projects. Angelus paints can be used to customize a variety of products, from backpacks to furniture.

Check out these pictures to get inspiration for your next custom project.

Custom Leather Backpack

(source: @ehkcustoms)

Artist Enzo Kim (@ehkcustoms) stopped by the Angelus studio to put together this custom koi fish leather backpack tutorial.

Check out the full tutorial to watch Enzo walk you through how to create this design, and to see all the materials you need to get started.

Custom Air Max

(source: @jwdanklefs)

Air Maxes continue to be an all-time favorite for shoe artists.

Check out these custom "What the Air Max" AM1s design by sponsored artist @jwdanklefs, which features a variety of animal print and camo patterns.

Grab a 12 color assortment kit to try creating your own custom Air Maxes.

Custom Jordan 12

(source: @kattycustoms)

What would you name these Jordan 12s?

Sponsored artist @kattycustoms designed these Js features an all-black upper, multicolor camo sole, and neon pink accents.

Supreme x Louis Vuitton Custom Cleats

(source: @solesbysir)

Supreme x Louis Vuitton: every hypebeast's dream.

Turns out Drew Brees is a hypebeast himself. Sponsored artist @solesbysir designed these custom cleats for the legendary quarterback and added some gold accents to bring the design to a new level.

Area 51 Customs

(source: @visionarykickz)

You ready to storm Area 51?

Be sure to prepare yourself by checking out this tutorial by artist Jake Mata from @visionarykickz. Watch as he walks you through the design using Angelus paints and some easy DIY stencils.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and check out our online store to pick up the materials you need for your next project.

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