It's one thing to simply give your kicks a new colorway, but if you want to make your customs really stand out, you might want to try your hand at painting some more detailed and intricate designs.
Of course, painting detailed designs is a little more difficult than color-blocking. So, if you want to try creating some more complex customs, check out these tips for painting detailed designs.
Choose High-Quality Paint
Customizing a pair of sneakers takes a lot of time and effort, but it's only worth it if your design doesn't fade the second you wear them out of the house. If you want your customs to look professional, you need to start by picking up some high-quality paint.
High-quality paint will create a smooth factory finish without cracking, chipping, or easily fading.
Use the Right Brushes
Good tools always make a big difference. If you want to create a pair of incredible custom kicks, don't use dollar store brushes.
High-quality detail paint brushes will help you paint intricate designs without leaving streak marks and jagged edges.
Start With an Outline
Precision is key to creating professional intricate designs, and it's hard to be precise when painting by free hand.
To make it easier to paint your design, use masking tape and a drawing pencil to create a detailed outline. After you outline your design, it's easy to paint over it to create a clean final product.
Outlines are great for planning your design, but stencils are perfect for specific shapes and lettering -- especially if your design has repeating shapes. Stencils are also great for airbrush projects.
You can buy pre-made stencils or cut your own using a detail knife. Then, you can use them to paint some of the finer details in your design.
Protect Your Customs
Once your customs are finished, you need to keep them in top condition. Otherwise, the paint can start to fade and crease over time.
If you want to learn how to protect your customs from damage, make sure to check out this post for some essential products and tips for cleaning to protecting your sneakers.