Finished painted converse

Paint Converse Tutorial :: art process

Dear fans,

I’ve been wearing my painted converse around town and it feels great! Nothing compares to wearing something you’ve made just for yourself. It’s one of a kind and full of LOVE yes! It’s fairly easy and here’s how I painted mine.

finished_painted_converse_yachin_bonny_you

finished painted converse

1. Get the shoes :: I got mine from the art store Utrecht in my area. But I think you can order them online too. They come in two types. One is regular converse and the other is with higher ankle and more like boots. I’m using the low rise kind. They are about $40.

blank converse you can paint

blank converse you can paint

2. Get the paint :: You’ll need good quality fabric paint which you can get in most local art supply stores. I think some people use acrylic paint, that’s probably okay as well. Ask your local art store people, just make sure to get something that will not run when it rains. Here you can see I got a couple of different types of fabric paint and marker.

paint_converse_fabric_paint

paint_converse_fabric_paint

3. Start by painting the flaps :: I started by painting the inside flaps. I guess my logic is that if I mess up with the color there it’ll be more hidden and wouldn’t matter as much.

painting the inside flaps of the converse

painting the inside flaps of the converse

The pearlescent paint gives it a nice subtle shine to it. Yes don’t be afraid of some glitterific effects!

pearlescent paint for the converse

pearlescent paint for the converse

4. Paint the body of the shoes :: Okay, here’s when the rubber hits the road, I mean, the paint hits the shoes, the main part of the shoes. Just go for it and you can always paint over if there’s something you don’t like. I was being careful not to paint on the white/sole part because I wanted to keep it white. But it’s okay if you miss a bit. First it won’t be too obvious when you wear them. Second you can always buy white paint and paint over it!

paint the main part of the converse

paint the main part of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

Not a perfect paint job but it’s okay. Nobody is going to bend over and critique you! If they do, kick their butt!

not a perfect paint job on the converse

not a perfect paint job on the converse

I left the back strip blank because I wanted it to be black. You can choose to paint over or paint a different color.

leaving the back of converse blank for now

leaving the back of converse blank for now

4. Paint second layer of background :: I chose to have a bottom layer that is pink for the entire body. A second layer of gold to add a subtle variation, and then black line drawings on top. I’m using Jaquard gold metallic paint here. I’ve used their dye products and was very happy about the results. It did not disappoint this time either.

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

second layer paint on converse

second layer paint on converse

5. Paint top layer line drawing :: I’m using a DecoFabric fabric marker to do the line drawings on top. This is my first side, and you can tell I was trying to cram a lot of details in there. The tip of the marker could get rougher over time, making it harder to achieve fine details, so I just forgot about the fine detailed drawings and went for bigger lines and shapes on subsequent sides. It turns out that bigger drawings will give a bigger visual impact also because people can see the pattern more clearly when they’re standing and looking down.

top layer drawing on the converse

top layer drawing on the converse

Bigger drawing looks better, I think.

bigger drawings on the converse

bigger drawings on the converse

I chose to paint the back strip black. I used the fabric marker but that was a pain because the felt tip just a hassel to work with when you need to cover some big area. I’d suggest you use paint and brush to cover.

painting the back strip of the converse

painting the back strip of the converse

6. Painting the toe area :: I chose to paint the tippy toe area black and draw some *hearts* with gold paint.

painting the toe part of converse

painting the toe part of converse

7. Finish!! :: Done Done!! You know, it always take two people to paint a good work of art. One is to paint, and the other is to club the artist’s head so that he/she faints when the painting is done. I stopped when I thought it was enough on the shoes.

finished painted converse

finished painted converse

My dear fans I hope you enjoyed this and now go out and get some!

Artist YaChin Bonny You's Paintable white Converse Sneakers image

Converse and crocs :: the process

See the full fledge updated paintable converse tutorial here!

If you don’t know already, I’ve been wearing crocs for 2 months. Crocs are nice shoes and wearing them is not a big deal, however, wearing them All The Time? Now THAT’s a challenge. I hear you ask, have you done something wrong and were punished by the God of Shoes to wear crocs all the time? Yes, I pinched a nerve in my left foot, I believe also called a Morton’s Neuroma. It’s largely because I did something to my toes that they were squished together too much and made a nerve swell up and hurts. There’s not much to do to fix it except letting my toes hang out more. They do hang out nicely in crocs, I must say, the symptoms have been subsiding and I generally have no trouble doing what I like to do in life, walking and…kickboxing.

Life is not a beach all the time even if you wear crocs 24/7. For example, the weather in the past month in the Bay Area has been pretty nasty and wet, and with crocs it was my “fall-down season.” The bottom of crocs do not provide much traction against wet surfaces, so I became the queen of fall downs. Now imagine you all dressed up to work and fall down on a busy street in the financial district. Moreover, I cannot possibly bring myself to a freaking Dance Parteh wearing crocs! You may as well kill me but no they are not bringing down my whole outfit if you know what I mean.

Today when I was making a mask for the next Dance Parteh I’m going to grace with my presence I ran out of beads. Got some beads and on the way home from the bead store I just dropped by the art store to get some pen. Lo and behold I came out with a $70 damage.

I bought a pair of Converse sneakers.

It is the real Converse and it is in this pure white delicious raw canvas waiting for my imagination to grind all over it. That’s how I feel. Adding a jar of metallic pink fabric paint and a black marker to the bill, “this is what the day job is for,” I said to myself and swiped my credit card. I also got a size larger so my toes can hang out in there. The shoe laces run to my ankles nicely so they won’t come off.

This is going to be so cool yes!

Paintable white Converse Sneakers

Paintable white Converse Sneakers