Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pumped Up Kicks...

Hi all!

The ColourArte Design Team is having a blog hop and altering shoes!  When you are done here head back to the CoulourArte blog and check out the links to everyone else's projects!  Here is my Pumped Up Converse:


I started out by heading to the Thrift Shop here in town to see what I could find.  I was hoping for work boots but settled on a pair of bright purple Converse.


The fact that they were purple dictated my color scheme and made for a great base for my layers.  I began by giving the whole shoe a thin, rough coat of Gesso to knock the bright purple back a little.


Next I treated the shoe canvas just like an art canvas and began layering.  I glued bits if torn book page in a few spots then gave it a thin, random wash of cream acrylic paint - not on the entire shoe but here and there.


I continued layering - some acrylic paint in pale green and aqua blue, some stamping with waterproof Archival ink and then a full misting with shimmering mist made from Almond Beige Primary Elements Pigment Powder, water and Gum Arabic in a mister.  The rose trim for the back of my shoe was white and I wanted all my trim off-white so I soaked it with the same Almond Beige mist.  Next I misted Fern Radiant Rain through a diamond stencil and then sponged on Fern Silks (for a darker look) through some sequin waste.  I finished my layering up with Radiant Gel in African Jade through a honeycomb stencil - I love adding that bit of raised texture.


I wanted to take advantage of the cool texture on the front of the shoe so I patted it real well with VersaMark Ink and lightly rubbed several colors of Primary Elements powder over it catching only the raised portions.


I added some lace across the toe and did the same thing with the VersaMark and Primary Elements.  Finally I glued on all of my trims.  I found that extra thick Gel Medium works really well for heavier trims (Along with a little painter's tape until they dry!)

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50 comments:

  1. Pretty Pretty!! Love the texture you created on shoe, beautiful colors!

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  2. Oh my how darned cute are these. Great addition of texture.All the lace and ribbon on these high tops, cool.

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  3. The shoes are all so different but each one is beautiful! Loving this bloghop!!!

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  4. Amazing! Love this stylish shoes!!!

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  5. Мне кажется они получились немного в стили хиппи.

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  6. Soft and romantic! Love them!

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  7. Oh cool! Great shoes for fashion girls every day!

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  8. So fun yet so fancy! Love the shimmery detail and fancy trimmings!

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  9. Fabulous altered tennis shoes, TFS

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  10. You had me at Chuck Taylor's! Then to make them all soft and pretty and feminine...that puts it over the top!

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  11. Oh wow!!! Totally shabby and chic!!! Love it!

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  12. Fabulous, love the shabby chic feel to these and gorgeous embellishments.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  13. I really love these I would totally rock these and wear them! :)

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  14. These are awesome...now I need to find my old chucks and give them a makeover! beautiful job!

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  15. Great shoe, these in a tinier size would go perfect with any littles girls fairy princess dress! Fun Project, thanks for sharing.

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  16. These are super fun. I could see a teen girl wearing these to a dance. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  17. LOVE the lace and gorgeous colors... I am SO going to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Very pretty pumping up Marti, love the colours and textures. Carol x

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  19. So cute! Many textures - beautiful!

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  20. Oh? so beautiful!I would like to have it!!!

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  21. I LOVE THIS!!! awesome job. great colors.
    Susan

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  22. I think these are the most glamorous trainers I've ever seen ;)

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  23. Great that you used the purple start colour to tint everything you did, instead of hiding it completely

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  24. Marti! These are way cool!! And I dig the reference to the song!! Awesome job! ")

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  25. These are fabulous. I never new Converse tennis shoes could look so good!

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  26. You have taken high tops to a whole new level of cool!

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  27. My daughter would totally wear these. I love the iridescent soles!

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  28. Shabby chic tennis feet.. i love them!!

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    1. Sorry - it is not letting me comment like normal! Just loving these! The color and all the details! What fuN!!

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  29. There now I can! Just loving these! The color and all the details!

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  30. excellent tennis shoes. I would like to have yourself.

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  31. Pumped up kicks, indeed! You made them over to something so sweet and pretty, too!

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  32. Looks like a shoe for a Genie in a bottle! So cool!

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  33. That's the most glamorous Converse I have ever seen Marti Wills !!

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