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Painting on Canvas

There are countless materials that can be painted and customized into the creation you want. The key is using the right materials to get the desired finish. From shoes, to totes canvas or fabric items are a great option when you're looking for something inexpensive to customize.
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Vans, Keds and Converse all have signature canvas shoes. The Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker makes an especially ideal canvas, with a flat toe provides lots of space for painting.
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There are a few things to keep in mind when painting fabric. For a lightweight material like canvas you’ll want to make sure whatever you’re painting has some support behind it. Unlike leather shoes that have a more rigid shape, a canvas shoe or tote will have a harder time holding its shape. You can fill shoes with paper towels or place something like a piece of cardboard behind larger surfaces to help the item maintain it’s shape.
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Cover any areas that you don’t want painted with tape, like the soles or eyelets. Whether you're airbrushing or painting by hand use a fifty-fifty ratio of the paint and Angelus 2-Soft Fabric MediumAngelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium is key when painting woven materials like canvas or shoe sock-liners. It ensures that the paint doesn’t change the texture of the fabric by stiffening it as as it dries.

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Dry the paint with a heat gun to activate and set the Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium and you have a one of a kind piece.

Off-White On Trend

From that Helvetica font to the frequent use of "quotes" the brand Off-White has quickly developed a distinctive style. With the news that Off-White designer Virgil Abloh has been named the new artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear here are some Off-White and Off-White inspired sneakers to inspire you.

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Recreate a pair of Air Jordan 1's especially designed for Queen Bey herself. Just use an Angelus Paint Marker to hand write your own name.

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Create a comic book inspired, black and white shoe with the Off-White look by giving an all white shoe black outlines and "Air" quotes. 

You can also give a pair of Yeezys the Off-White treatment with Helvetica text.


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Even Vans are taking a cue with lots of playful Off-White inspired customs.

Turn any shoe into your own Off-White sneaker by playing around with the similar font and quotes.

5 Angelus Direct Products You Didn't Know You Needed

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For anyone who likes to draw on their shoes with Sharpie the Angelus Die Pen Applicators lets you take your doodles to the next level. This Applicator works well on canvas shoes and can also be used to create a cement print on custom Jordans. Just fill the pen with the colored dye to your choice.

As anyone who does customs knows, not all paint brushes are made the same. That's why the Angelus Micro Detail Paint Brush Set is a must have for any detail work. These durable and versatile brushes give you plenty of options.

Whether you're cutting tape to create a custom stencil or working on another craft that requires precision cutting the Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Knife is a must have. The handle is ergonomically designed to fit your hand so it's easy to control and the rotating head makes it easy to cut precisely where you want.

If you're going to spend time and effort to create the perfect shoe you're going to want to make sure you do everything you can to get them looking perfect. The Shoe Decreaser provides the right support inside the shoe so creases disappear. Use it to eliminate creases while just painted shoes are drying. You can also use them on shoes when they're not being worn to keep them looking like new.

Spouncers are great for using with stencils or quickly painting large areas. The Spouncer Set is attached to a refillable bottle that makes it even easier to use.

Easter Inspiration

Easter is almost here and it's time for Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter themed sneakers. 

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This year Nike is taking it annual pastel Easter edition Air Force 1 and combining a variety of colors and textures, including leather, canvas, suede and patin leather. Find the famous Nike Swoosh hatching out of an Easter egg on the tongue and insole. Take inspiration from the pastel color combination with Angelus Lilac Paint and Angelus Petal Pink Paint.

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The cameo patterned Hyperposite shell on past editions of the Nike KD Easter adds a hit of lime to an Easter classic. Recreate this look with Angelus Neon Popsicle Green Paint.


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Kids can get in on the Easter theme too with the Nike Little Posite One Easter. The black background is covered in an Easter egg inspired pastel speckled pattern. Create your own speckled pattern with Collector Edition Emerald 5.
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Easter isn't just about pastels. The new Air Jordan 11 Low Emerald Easter features a white and deep emerald green colorway. Create your own version of green iridescence with Angelus Pearlescent Emerald Green Paint.

Interview with Shme, the Mind Behind our Monarch Giveaway

Angelus Direct: Where are you from originally?

Shme: I’m from Pennsylvania, I moved to Portland about four or five years ago.


AD: How did you start doing customs?

S: My brother and I used to draw on our shoes with Sharpie. I saw someone painting shoes online at some point and was like ‘oh what a good idea.’ So I just got some crappy paint at Michael’s and started painting on my shoes and wearing them to field hockey tournaments. I used to play field hockey back in the day and people would ask me about my shoes and where I got them. It kind of started this idea of maybe I could actually do this for other people as well. So I started taking shoes for people here and there, nothing too serious. When I went to college I didn’t really have time to customize, then my senior year I wasn’t playing a sport anymore so I had a lot of free time and I started customizing again.

I got an internship out in Portland and then moved home after that. That’s when I really started picking up with painting again and taking the time to turn it into a business.


AD: How long have you been doing customs?

S: Off and on for around ten years.


AD: Where do you get most your ideas or inspiration from?

S: I’m just inspired by other artists. It’s interesting to see what other people are doing in the world of customization.

But in tandem with that, just other artists in all different types of forms, like painting or airbrushing.

Another thing I like to do is just think outside the lines of what the shoe gives you. Back in the day customizing was really refined to changing swoosh colors or just doing colorway mockups and silhouettes, but I think now where it’s gone is people aren’t feeling restricted by the guidelines of what the shoes have given you. I think it’s opened up a lot of new things for customizers.


AD: You got your BFA in Fine Art and studied with master painter Joel Carson Jones. What made you decide to study Fine Art?

 S: I think at the time I really didn’t know what else I was going to do. I knew I wanted to pursue something in art, I actually wanted to major in graphic design, but I was told that with my sports schedule and the classes I would have to take to obtain that degree that I wouldn’t be able to make it work. It was suggested to me that I should pursue a fine art career and if I wanted to pursue graphic design in the future I could go to grad school or take classes on the side.

So I ended up getting my BFA in Fine Art and just really honing in on those basic skills that you can use in any sort of background job.


AD: How do you feel like studying Fine Art changed the custom work that you do?

S: I think it changed it a lot. With Fine Art I think it’s a lot of trial and error, a lot of learning curves, a lot of patience and practice and I think applying all of those those experiences into my customs is a huge testament to the successes that I think I’ve been able to have.

There are a lot of frustrating aspects in the world of customs. It’s definitely a different form of art and sneakers are definitely challenging to work with. The whole trial and error portion and patience plays a really big role in getting me where I am today.


AD: Was there any project that was the most fun for you to work on?

S: The most fun I’ve had is the Monarch project. It’s just kind of one of those projects that I haven’t had to take too seriously. I think it’s showing the kind of work that I’m putting out. I’m having a good time with it and I think people are responding it really well.

The most memorable project that I’ve done were shoes for Thomas Rhett, he’s a country singer, he actually ended up wearing a pair on stage during the last show of his tour. It’s just kind of cool to know that someone appreciated your work enough to wear them for something like that.


AD: What part does social media play in getting your work out there?

S: I would be absolutely nowhere without social media. Instragram, and I’m sure every customizer will say the same thing, Instagram has absolutely changed the way in which we can get our work out to the masses. When I first started taking the customs thing seriously and really trying to turn it into something more than just a hobby it was one of the first place that I went. It’s just been an amazing platform to share your work.

You instantly know whether something you’ve done is being responded to well or not. You could post something and people might love it or people might hate it. Then you as an artist can take that information and move forward.


AD: You were the first female customizer to be invited to participate in Sneakercon's Ace of Customs Competition. What’s it like to often be one of the few girls in the room since customs is a male dominated field? 

S: It’s pretty interesting, often times when people think of customizers they don’t even think that women do it. Most of the time when people comment on my Instagram it’s always ‘Bro these customs are awesome’ or ‘Dude they’re sick.’ I’m not going to respond to every single one, but sometimes it’s like ‘I’m actually a girl.’

It’s an interesting time with the Women’s Day playing a big role in our culture. It’s a really good thing for younger women to see women moving into those industries where it is generally male. To be able to be in this industry as a female and be relatively successful at it I think is huge testament not only to myself as a female, but kind of giving other girls this idea that we can do anything we put our minds to.


AD: What inspired your design for the Monarch giveaway?

S: I’ve always been really obsessed with Monarchs. My dad would wear them all the time and I would make fun of him. I played sports growing up and all our dads wore Monarchs, so it was a running joke through college. My friends and I would take pictures of Monarchs we would see and send them to each other. It’s been this lingering joke that probably nobody else finds funny, but we thought was hilarious.

I had no idea that Monarchs came in my size, I always assumed they were just stereotypical dad sizes. This Halloween I dressed up as an old man and I had to get some Monarchs to really tie it together. I was just going to get the smallest size and then wear fifteen pairs socks so they stay on my feet. I went online and noticed they actually came in my size. 

Ever since then I wanted to see if I could paint Monarchs and turn them into something cool. The more I’ve worked on the project the more it’s developed into this idea that any sneaker silhouette can be anything if you apply the right colorway and story to it.

The Monarchs have had this stigma of being the dad shoe, the anti-cool kids shoe because of the colorways and the people that have worn it, but if you look at the Monarch and are able to reimagine it in different ways, thinking outside the lines of the shoe you can give it a completely new life form. That’s what’s really been inspiring me during the project. To me Monarchs have always been great, but I want people to take a second look and say ‘oh my gosh that’s a Monarch, I would have never guessed.’


AD: Is there any Angelus product that’s your favorite?

S: I don’t really have a favorite, I love it all! I have a hundred bottles of paint. I love that there’s so many colors and varieties of colors to choose from. It makes my life easier to not have to mix so many colors. I also really enjoy the pearlescence and the different finishes on paints. It just gives us a lot of options as customizers to something different.


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