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Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Erin Price

 

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

When it comes to sponsorships Angelus is always looking for the latest customizers doing the best new work. Whatever they're customizing it's important for artists to have their own style. Erin Price of @thewickedenchantment certainly brings a clear point of view with her Disney inspired designs. She started customizing back in 2017 and is one of the latest customizers to become an Angelus Direct Sponsored Artist. Check out some of her latest work.

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

The same way Disneyland brings some magic into all our lives, Erin likes to bring some magic to everyday life with her Disney themed customs. These Slip-On Vans get the Disneyland treatment with a blue and yellow castle on one shoe and pink, purpleblue and yellow Mickey Mouse shaped balloons on the other. A gradient background in pink and purple with those Disneyland fireworks help unify these designs.

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

For some simpler customs check out these Donald Duck themed Air Force 1s in yellowblue and orange. With those classic Mickey Mouse shaped balloons floating over the turquoise swoosh, Erin leaves the rest of the shoe in white for a fresh pair of customs ready for your next Disneyland trip. 

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

With so many iconic Disney characters Erin certainly has a lot of inspiration to choose from and no one could forget Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. With Lumiere in white and yellow, he's set off perfectly by a stained glass background inspired by the movie in purplepink and blue.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: May 2022

May saw a variety of cartoon inspired customs, from the world of Marvel to Disney. Whether it was Nike or Vans, there are a million creative ways to customize sneakers with your favorite animated series. Check out the latest animation inspired customs.

(source: @camcreatez)

From the subtle white webbing to the Spiderman profile in that classic red on the heel, these custom Jordan 1s are all about the details. With most of the design dominating the heel, @camcreatez helps keep the composition balanced with a spider logo in grey on the toe.

(source: @sayjoyyllc)

It's Winnie the Pooh for the win with these custom Vans by @sayjoyyllc. Using a combination of airbrushing and hand-painting, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet stand out a on a blue honeycomb stencil background. Yellow hand-painted honey dripping off the opening and eyelets has an almost 3D looking effect with the right shading in white.

(source: @enzohkim)

Sponsored artist @enzohkim took this pair of Air Force 1s and turned them into a celebration of all things End of Evangelion by covering them in all the classic characters. Purples and blues from the uppers to the midsole make the design on these shoes standout. While we must note that Angelus does not recommend painting the rubber midsoles on shoes you are going to wear, these customs would make a great collectible for any End of Evangelion fan.

To see more customs like these make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Angelus Tutorials: Custom Canvas Vans

While you might be familiar with the process of customizing leather sneakers, canvas sneakers are great for customizing too. @sneakerqueenscustoms stopped by Angelus Direct to show how she does her swirl design on a pair of classic Ward Low canvas Vans.

Follow these steps to create your own.

Supplies:

-Masking tape

-A shoe tree, tissue paper or something else to give the shoe structure

-Angelus White Paint

-Angelus Purple Paint

-Angelus Light Blue Paint

-Angelus Pale Blue Paint

-Angelus Lilac Paint

-Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium

-Angelus Paint Brush - #6 Filbert

-Leather Preparer and Deglazer

-Flat 4-Coat

1. Prep

Canvas shoes don't require as much prep work as a leather shoe since you don't need to do anything to the canvas to get it ready for painting. Simply remove the laces and tape off any area you want to keep from getting painted. @sneakerqueenscustoms likes to put a shoe tree inside the shoe to give a little more support since the canvas isn't very thick and can be hard to keep from moving. You could also fill the shoe with tissue paper or whatever you have on hand to make the shoe more firm.

2. Mix Your Paint

For this swirled design @sneakerqueenscustoms uses Angelus Lilac Paint for the purple base paint and an 80 percent and 20 percent mix of Angelus Pale Blue Paint and Angelus Light Blue Paint for the blue base color.

Both base colors get a one to one ratio of the Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium added to them so they properly adhere to the fabric. When you add Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium make sure you heat set your design with a heat gun or hair dryer for three to five minutes.

 3. Paint

Using an Angelus Paint Brush - #6 Filbert @sneakerqueenscustoms covers the uppers with her base colors. Don't be surprised if the canvas soaks up more paint than leather shoes normally do. Be careful not to put too much paint on your brush, the the canvas can soak up a lot of paint and cause your design to bleed. Heat set each layer of paint. Touch up any areas that need more paint and heat set again.

While you can't fix any mistakes on canvas with Leather Preparer and Deglazer, you can use it to clean up any paint you get on the eyelets.

4. Swirls

For the purples swirls @sneakerqueenscustoms uses a fifty-fifty mix of Angelus Purple Paint and Angelus Lilac Paint. For the blue swirls she uses a seventy-five and twenty-five mixture of Angelus Light Blue Paint and Angelus Pale Blue Paint. She doesn't feel the need to add Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium to this paint as it's not going to cover as much of the shoe.

She paints on an abstract swirl design using a combination of thin and thick lines for variation.

5. Finishing

Finish with a layer of Flat 4-Coat to keep your design protected and there you have it, your own custom canvas Vans!

More Custom Tutorials

If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: March 2022

Spring is in the air this month as bright colors and even brighter whites graced a number of customs. Whether it was playfully designed boots or hand painted florals, there is a custom pair to inspire your own spring forward this season.

(source: @cassykustoms)

Nothing says spring like the arrival of flowers and butterflies. These custom Vans by @cassykustoms use the all white canvas of these canvas shoes to decorate the Vans logo with a colorful parade of pink, bluelilac and green flowers and butterflies. A delicate green gradient behind the flowers help bring this design together.


(source: @cassykustoms)

@cassykustoms also brings us a pair of Air Force 1s in a fresh floral motif. The pale blue color palette is the perfect embellishment for the swoosh. Orange accents on the heel and laces add some color for contrast.

(source: @visionarykickz)

These customs by @visionarykickz have us seeing nothing but blue skies, with a clean color palette of white and pale blue. The white uppers on this pair of Air Force 1s are given a blue sky inspired look in pale blue complete with puffy white clouds.

(source: @narikicks)

These all white boots are given a colorful makeover by @narikicks with this fun, hand painted design. Stars in hot pink and flowers purple make this look like a pair of doodle covered shoes, but taken to the next level. 

To see more customs like these make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: February 2022

From swirls and swooshes, to intricately hand-painted designs, February saw customs at their finest. Inspiration ranged from Valentine's Day pink to the Disneyland's the Tiki Room, proving that you can find inspiration anywhere. Check out the latest customs and hopefully they'll inspire your own.

(source: @sneakerqueenscustoms)

Sweet pink swirls are the perfect accompaniment to the swoosh on these customs by @sneakerqueenscustoms. Perfect for Valentine's Day this subtle design in pale pinks picks up the pink soles and looks great with the rest of the white leather uppers.

(source: @tate_allyse_art)

For anyone whose one true love is Disneyland and has a special place in their heart for the Tiki Room, these customs by @tate_allyse_art are for you. Bright pinks, oranges and purples in a gradient give this pair a tropical vibe. And don't forget the carved tikis on one toe and the famous Enchanted Tiki Room sign on the other.

(source: @julia.miaw)

These Japan inspired Dunk Lows by @julia.miaw are completely painted by hand and the fine level of detail really shows. The intricate design covers the uppers in rich red, blue and gold. Detail this precise calls for the right tools and it's essential to have brushes like the ones found in the Angelus Mirco Detail Paint Brush Set to ensure such clean lines and precision.

(source: @kendrascustoms)

For cute customs look no further than these Animal Crossing Vans by @kendrascustoms. Cuddly creatures in yellow, grey and brown make these slip-ons hard to resist. Just make sure to add some Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium to the paint when customizing fabric surfaces like these canvas Vans, it will ensure the paint stays flexible after it drys.

To see more customs like these make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.