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DIY Tribal Print Canvas Shoes

Hey guys! As you may (or not) know, I design and sell custom painted shoes in my etsy shop. I don't usually post tutorials for them here, but this pair was pretty easy so I thought I might share with you guys how I did it!

Supplies: Canvas Shoes, Pencil, Paint Brush, Deco Art SoSoft Fabric Paint

1. Start by using a pencil and sketching out rows onto the front section of your canvas shoes. You want to sketch it pretty light, but dark enough that you can see it to use as a guide.

2. Come up with some pattern ideas. I searched "Tribal patterns" on pinterest and google images and came up with a few designs I liked.

Use your pencil to lightly sketch your design onto the first row on your shoe. Fill in the design using a small paint brush and Deco Art fabric paint.

3. Repeat your design horizontally along your row on both shoes so that they match.

4. Continue sketching different designs and filling them in with paint until you have the entire front section of your shoe covered. I also painted a black line around the front section of my shoe to give it a more finished look.

You could paint the entire shoe in patterns if you wanted to, I decided not to on this pair, keeping them pretty simple.

I love painting canvas shoes. Do you like to customize your shoes? Deco Art's SoSoft Fabric Acrylics are the perfect fabric paint to use on canvas shoes.

*I am a blogger for DecoArt and received free product for this post, but all of the opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on the DecoArt products, click here.

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  1. So cute!!! I love these~ and the fact that they're black and white! :)

    1. Thanks! They're for my sister, Taylor. She asked for b/w. :)

  2. Oooh! Love this idea! I have an old pair of white Keds that would be perfect for this!

  3. Love them!! Though it looks really hard to make the same print on both shoes!!!

  4. Darn. Looks like my comment disappeared when I signed into google... Anyway. Thanks for this tute. I wear an 8.5 wide in this type of canvas sneaker and mfgrs do not have wide widths in their fun designs so I will just do it myself. Can you tell us what you seal the sneaker with? Thanks!

    1. I hope your shoes turn out awesome!

      I seal my shoes using ScotchGuard spray for clothes & shoes.


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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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