At first I thought I would hack the lamp shade idea, but I couldn’t find a room in my house where it would work. Argh! What to do? This is, after all, the perfect week to do a Mexican textile/print craft project.
I considered a canvas bag or a t-shirt, but (again) I have plenty of both. What white-background object did I NEED in my life? A scarf? No, getting too warm around here for scarf weather. A pillow? No. What?
The answer is always white canvas shoes. I buy a pair of these before each summer and immediately remove the shoe strings. At summer’s end, I throw the scruffy things away without guilt. I immediately headed to the nearest discount store and bought myself a pair.
I don’t have a before shot of my new pristine white shoes, because I was too excited to begin sketching. I simply printed a picture of my inspiration photo, picked up a pencil, and started drawing. This print is meant to look hand-drawn, so I
tried not to didn’t worry about making a mistake or two…or many. After all, it would all be covered up with paint in the end.
Next I popped open some acrylic craft paints, grabbed a small artist’s paint brush, and began filling in the blanks. I painted one color at a time on both shoes, using my picture as a guide, but making changes as needed to evenly distribute the colors across the two shoes. It was a little bit like paint-by-number.
I’m pleased with the results. You might notice that both shoes have the same pattern, just shifted slightly so that they are not identical. I also took some creative license to substitute animals that fit the shape of my shoe better than the original pattern.
My favorite may just be the little marigold bunny on the back of the right shoe.
As a final step, I sprayed the shoes with some water-resistant, clear acrylic protectant. I probably won’t wear these in the rain (or near any body of water), but I want to make sure they last me all summer. Heck, I might even get fancy with these and add some colorful ribbon laces. What do you think?