My daughter is not even 4 years old yet and she is ALL ABOUT FASHION. She loves to change her clothes three times a day and she loves anything sparkly, twirly, ruffly or polka dot. She’s also kind of into black (very chic). So when I saw this tutorial for these snazzy shoes by Alisa Burke. I decided to give it a try. And as I was working I came up with the idea for a more casual pair as well. Here’s how to do it.
I picked up a couple of inexpensive pairs of shoes at Payless and just used some paint I had lying around in my studio. Some of it was fabric paint and some just plain old acrylic.
You’ll also need some painter’s tape if you have sections of the shoes that you want to mask off. In this case, I wanted to keep the bows and the straps black.
I began by painting these mary janes with gold fabric paint.
Next, I dabbed the paint with a paper towel. This is to get rid of the brush strokes, to give an overall consistent texture and also to let some of the black peek through.
I did the same to both shoes and here’s what they looked like at that point.
Next I used dimensional gold fabric paint (puff paint) to add polka dots.
I added polka dots to both shoes trying to keep the dots as evenly spaced as possible. Also, remember to make the dots kind of small or they will run and sag.
Once they were dry, I removed the tape and “Voilá!” they are done!
Next I moved on to the canvas shoes. I just bought plain black Vans-like sneakers. In fact, I think these shoes are boys’ shoes but they were perfect because I wanted a very plain, very black canvas. I used acrylic paint and mixed it with a little white just to get these punchy, cute, girly colors.
Okay, so here’s a good tip: the eraser at the top of a pencil makes a great little polka dot stamp. It’s perfect for consistent, even little polka dots and can be used on a number of projects.
Next, I dipped the eraser into the paint and got to “polka-dotting”!
I knew I was going to use multiple colors so I spaced them out a bit.
As I got going, I ended up not using the lavender color because it just seemed too close to the pink. I just continued to add dots all the way around both shoes.
Let them dry and there they are! How easy is that?
My little fashionista was duly impressed and wouldn’t take the gold shoes off all day. I’m not sure how durable they are, I didn’t seal them or anything but she grows out of shoes so quickly these days I’m not going to let it worry me. I hope you try these ideas if you have a little beauty queen at home (or maybe even for yourself). A girl can never have too many cute shoes!!