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After purchasing my white leather Nike’s sneakers, I couldn’t resist painting my new “canvas”. With my iPad Pro I took pictures of the shoes so that I could sketch and try out ideas. After all, it was the first time I started painting shoes. I imported and edited the photos via ProCreate. A wonderful program to experiment with.
After several sketches, I was still not quite sure. I picked up my Moleskine Sketchbook and there I saw a slightly older sketch of a brush, which would fit just fine. Perfect for my shoes, after all I am creative. So it also makes sense that the back of my shoes says Nike Create.
To begin the proces I put the drawing on the shoe with a pencil first, so that I could erase and correct any mistakes. I then traced these pencil drawings with Molotow markers. I have various colors and different sizes, this makes it easier wo work with.
Finally I sprayed them with a Belton aerosol with gloss lacquer. However, this wasn’t a great success, because the gloss paint becomes too hard. This means that a few points in the shoe are now showing some cracks. A better choice is Krylon Matte Finish. Good for your leather and the paint is matte, therefore more flexible. Wise lesson for the next pair of shoes.