Before you get painting purchase your canvas sneakers – either tie or slip on style. Then draw your design (and lay it over the shoe) before you try to paint it to make sure of sizing.
Next, the paints. The paints and finish were all water-based, meaning clean-up was very easy. They were all purchased at a local craft store. Here are the steps:
1. Buy Gesso- this seals the canvas sneaker so that your paint will adhere evenly. Apply a thin coat and let it dry overnight before you paint.
2. Use good artist acrylic paints - thin coats are best. Let dry, and to enhance the color, you can
apply a second coat if you want.
3. Let project dry overnight before sealing.
4. Use a matte varnish (again-acrylic and water based). It is shiny enough (gloss would
reflect too much). Apply two coats.