Hello! Tami Sanders here with an altered wearable for your spring wardrobe.
I purchased a pair of plain, white, canvas tennis shoes and wanted to give them a makeover using TCW stencils. I had originally envisioned an artsy, “grunge” look using lots of stencils and sharpie markers but my finished project turned out quite differently…
if there is one thing i’ve learned while “creating” it’s GO WITH THE FLOW! My “artsy” look just wasn’t happening. So I just picked out some inks and stencils and started playing. I selected inks in colors that coordinated well with some new tops in my spring wardrobe. As for design, most of my blouses were plain, so choices were wide open. I really like the fun flowers in the NEW! TCW552s Daisy Splash stencil…
The variety of sizes and styles of flowers on this stencil lend itself to this type of project. The 6″ size works great for the scale needed as well.
I started by inking the shoes using ColorBox Crafter’s Inks from Clearsnap; they are permanent when heat set. I added scattered areas of color, then blended the edges to create the background colors.
Next, I taped the stencil down to the shoe and started inking in the designs using a fine point black sharpie, moving and retaping stencil as I went. Keep in mind that the right side of the right shoe, and left side of the left shoe will be towards the outside, so concentrate your designs there.
I added more designs to the “outsides” then tapered off towards the “insides” of the shoes, adding a few designs on the top. I didn’t do much to the “tongues” of the shoes stencil-wise as the laces would cover the designs. I resisted the urge to add designs to those clean, white rubber toes. The marker ink would bleed and migrate over time, leaving purple edges and blurring the designs. RESIST or don’t – if you are only creating a pair to wear for a season or so.
Once I was happy with the designs, I added some dotted doodles to them. Rhinestones at the centers of the flowers finished the look.
I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows you how you can make a pair of these yourself, you can view it here: bLiNgY sPriNgY shoes
This would also be a great project for Tweens or Teens, so get your kiddos crafting. And not just the girls – your boys might be able to capture that graphic grunge look that eluded me!
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