size? captures: Creators Series – How to paint your shoes with Louie Bond

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The size? captures: Creators Series is all about celebrating creativity. From recycling, upcycling and customising – we've caught up with our wider community to bring you step-by-step creative guides.

Last time we caught up with Finn who talked shown us how to turn cargo trousers and shorts into bags, and this time around, De Montfort University Footwear Design Student Louie Bond is sharing his guide to footwear painting. We hope you enjoy!

For his project, Louie decided to customise a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70s. "I chose this shoe because it is a go-to shoe for many people and is an essential sneaker to have in any footwear closet. It's also made from canvas making it the perfect base for painting and customising a shoe," he explains.

Louie's inspiration comes from Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' painting. For his interpretation of the famed painting, he used acrylic paints as they took to the canvas better than other paints he's tried and also gave him his desired layered effect.

Louie's quick and easy footwear painting process:

Paint the sky background.

Add the stars and other yellow and white colour pops

Add the tower.

Finally, set and seal the paints using a heat gun or a hairdryer.

Keep checking on the size? blog for more size? captures: Creators Series instalments and head over to the Creators Series Hub for previous editions.

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