What Paint To Use On Canvas Shoes?

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2021)



Canvas is the best, easiest, shortest, and most commonly used material for customizers. Because shoes are something we wear daily, some people imagine painting them. Whether you’re restoring them or simply giving them a new look, it can seem like a daunting job, especially if you’ve never done it before.

It’s important to understand What Paint To Use On Canvas Shoes before painting them yourself. Fabric paint is ideally suited for shoes made of fabric or canvas. Paint pens can draw out more complex designs on shoes before applying the appropriate forms of paint. White acrylic paint conceals stains on white canvas shoes effectively. Clean a small area around the bottom of the shoe where the rubber meets the fabric by wetting the sink’s shoes with cold water. Dawn soap appears to be effective. Remove shoes from the sink and rinse thoroughly to remove soap. Then dab a small amount of white acrylic paint onto the toothbrush. When the shoes are damp but not dripping, work the paint into the shoe’s canvas portion; the water and paint seem to disperse more easily and cover vast areas—using as much as necessary before the stain is removed. The best brush is one with a medium bristle count.

Tips Regarding Canvas

  • Utilize these two products in conjunction (1-part paint mixed with 1-part 2-Soft Fabric Medium).
  • No additional products are needed to prepare a canvas or mesh surface.
  • Start with lighter shades, as darker shades are more suitable for touch-ups. If you’re airbrushing a fade, you should start with dark colors because dark color overspray would ruin your light colors if laid down later.
  • It is preferable to have thin layers. Thick layers will cause the paint to crack, filling your brush with just enough paint to spread thinly over the canvas material. It’s appropriate to add additional thin layers until it looks uniform if it dries with tiny gaps or fading colors.
  • This is an ideal time to experiment with various brushes, angles, and brush strokes. Use the largest brush available for large areas, but be sure to spread it thinly and not too thickly. Angle brushes are suitable for fading. Fades can be done by combining two brushes with the paints you want to fade together. Ascertain that the paint you’re attempting to mix is already wet. Flat brushes are excellent for edges and general use.
  • It’s a good idea to paint across the toe box (across the toes) since this region flexes more than any other on the shoe. Allowing the paint to flex in the same direction as the shoe minimizes cracking. If your pattern does not lend itself to painting across-the-toes, have no fear; the impact is minimal.
  • At the conclusion, use those detail brushes. A clean edge, artwork, and photographs are essential for a professional-looking shoe.
  • Acetone (nail polish remover) or isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab or q-tip can be used to remove excess paint from the soles.
  • Brush care is key to maximizing the life of your brushes. Allowing the paint to dry on the brush is not recommended. Often immerse it in water and clean it thoroughly. If you’re changing colors, rinse your brush constantly until nothing comes off while drying it on a paper towel. Brushes may be cleaned after use with a brush cleaner, soapy water, or shampoo. Avoid storing your brushes with their heads down or in water or solvent.
  • Your palette is washable with soap and water and can be reused!


Procedure For Painting

procedure for painting canvas shoes

All products used are non-toxic, which was important because we want to encourage children’s imagination. As is the case for all of our standards, we will begin by explaining the materials needed, then discussing the 3P’s (preparation, painting, and preservation), listing our suggestions, including links to helpful videos, and ending with links to where you can purchase items (and view prices).


arrangements for painting canvas shoes

Before starting any project, you should ensure that the shoes are clean or fresh. Following that, use the painter’s masking tape (or vinyl tape) to mask off any areas that should not be painted. We recommend masking the soles because any paint on the rubber will crack, easily wash off, and smudge. If you’re messy or intend to use an airbrush, you’ll also want to mask off the sock liner and elastic band areas. If you are extra vigilant and use a brush, you can omit the masking step entirely. There is no preparation needed for fabric paints; therefore, if you are using them, skip to the next part. We suggest the Jacquard brand Textile, Dye-Na-Flow, Neopaque, or Lumiere fabric paint lines.

Additionally, DecoArt So soft fabric paint is cost effective. The Jacquard Textile and DecoArt So soft lines ensure that your canvas remains as soft as possible (by not stiffening the material). There are two approaches to applying Angelus paints. If you have white shoes, you can begin by laying down two layers of flat white+gac900 (1:1). After that, paint it with standard Angelus paints. Rick from Save the Panduhs demonstrates this method in this video. If your shoe is darker, you may choose to use a 1:1 mixture of 2-soft or gac900 and each of the colors you intend to use. We choose Angelus over all other paints due to their durability and incredible color selection. If airbrushing, use Jacquard Airbrush Colors or a 1:1 combination of Angelus and Jacquard Airbrush Colors. There is no need for 2-thin for Angelus, as the 2-soft or gac900 should have thinned the paint enough to spray. However, if you notice that it is difficult to spray, feel free to apply any 2-thin.

If you’re using acrylic paints (all of our kits have acrylics), you’ll need to prime the canvas first. Applying a thin layer of Gesso (without clumping) increases adhesion between the canvas and the paint and helps avoid cracking. Sargent Art, Golden Artist Colors, and Liquitex are three acrylic paint brands that we recommend. They are available at most art stores. Please avoid cheap paints as they will wreak havoc on your work. Allow sufficient time for drying before painting. The first thing they should understand is that they may need to paint in thin layers for someone new to custom painting. You cannot paint once and be done.

We recommend 2-4 layers, depending on your paint’s quality and the colors you’re using (light colors or neons may require more layers). Using thin layers prevents clumping and cracking of the paint. Be unconcerned if the first layer you add is blotchy or includes tiny gaps. When more layers are applied, the colors will absorb equally, and any holes will be filled. The image below illustrates what it looks like when you add more layers. Take note that even after the first layer, the red in the background remains visible. After the second layer, you can still see red in those places, but after the third layer, you cannot see any red at all. To achieve thin coats, avoid globalizing the paint on your brush. Raise your hand high enough to execute a few swipes. Utilize the brush as a spreading method to ensure that the paint is applied thinly and evenly. Between coats, you can use a hairdryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process. Take care not to overheat the paint, as this will cause it to burn and change color.

I prefer to begin with large brushes for large areas and then switch to smaller or angled brushes near the edges. It’s prudent to set aside 1-2 hours after painting to clean up all of the intricate edges (after removing the masking tape). If you used a stencil, it is important to clean up afterward to ensure that your lines are crisp and your pictures are flawless.

When you’re finished painting, you’ll want to let it dry. If you used fabric paint or an Angelus blend, you would need to heat-set the paint onto the canvas with a hairdryer or heat gun. Precautions should be taken to avoid burning the paint with the heat gun.

If you’re working on canvas to make a painting, the best paint to use is acrylic. This can result in a unique and long-lasting work of art that you can enjoy.

Although acrylic paint is excellent for painting on canvas, you will want to suggest fabric paint for canvas pieces that will be worn.

When folded or bent, acrylic paint can be rigid and unforgiving and will most likely chip or rub off and be painful to wear.

Additionally, it is very difficult to correct errors when painting clothes or shoes with acrylic paint. Additionally, fabric paint is lighter and absorbs into the fabric, while acrylic paint is intended to stay on top.

If you want to paint your canvas pieces with acrylic paint rather than fabric paint, you can paint only items that do not need to drape, be loose, or be folded.

Should I Begin By Preparing The Canvas?

preparing the canvas shoes for painting

  1. Before you begin painting, it is important to prepare your canvas.
  2. When you prepare your canvas, you provide a much smoother surface on which to work, and your paint adheres to the fabric more effectively.
  3. How you prime your canvas will vary according to the type of paint you pick.
  4. If you want to use fabric paint, you should first wash your piece. This will avoid shrinkage following the application of your paint, which will alter your design’s appearance.
  5. Following that, put something between the fabric you’re painting and the rest of the object to avoid bleed-through.
  6. If you plan to paint a canvas with acrylic paint, you should also prepare the cloth, especially if it was not primed before purchase.
  7. Gesso is the perfect way to prime the canvas.
  8. To prime your canvas, you’ll do the following:
  9. Wet the canvas.
  10. Assemble the Gesso and pour it onto the canvas. Take care not to overdo it.
  11. Thin the Gesso.
  12. Clean up spills immediately since they are difficult to clean up until dry.
  13. Brush Gesso all over the canvas.
  14. Allow the Gesso to dry fully.
  15. If required, add additional layers.
  16. After priming your canvas and allowing the Gesso to dry fully, you are ready to paint.
  17. Can I Wet the Canvas Before Painting?
  18. Before you begin painting, ensure that your canvas is fully dry.
  19. While water is used to prepare your piece, you should ensure that the canvas is fully dry before starting.
  20. If you do not, the paint cannot adhere properly or may become runny, ruining your design.



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