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Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Fourth of July is the BEST. HOLIDAY. EVER. My absolute favorite hands down. Every year I love braving the heat and running backwards up the driveway and away from what I just set fire to. When the fireworks stands start popping up I get very, very excited. And when it comes time to get the fireworks shop on, I research what I’m going to buy online, watch videos of those particular poppers and even make a spreadsheet. I make fancy desserts that look like flags, I barbecue chicken and whip up some fruit salad everybody loves.

And I wear a bunch of red, white and blue. For years now I’ve worn the same pair of classic canvas kicks I made over a few years back. And they’re great and all but they’re starting to get a wee bit funky. It’s time for a new pair of kicks.

So when I saw these tie dye pens by Tulip at the craft store I had the greatest idea. Watercolor patriotic kicks! So I snapped them up and made some magic happen!

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

For this project you will need:

  • white canvas sneakers
  • tie dye pens
  • fabric pens
  • small paintbrush
  • water

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor KicksDraw red lines across your left sneaker to mimic the stripes of the flag. Space the lines about an inch apart.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Randomly draw lines to fill in between every other you’ve already drawn. Make them obviously hand drawn with some being a bit darker than others.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Dip that paintbrush into some water and paint over the lines you drew, making the brush increase the spread in some areas to resemble a watercolor. Keep adding lines and adding water until you are happy with the look and allow the fully dry.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Cut a star out of a piece of paper and use to add blue stars to your right shoe.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Draw lines in the area around the stars.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Add water and add lines until you achieve a look similar to the other shoe. Allow to dry.

Once dry toss in the dryer with a damp rag and keep a close eye on things. This is an easier way to heat set the dye than using an iron, and possibly burning your sole.

But don’t dry the shoes together in the dryer as the colors may bleed onto one another.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

To finish trace your stars and draw a few lines in the background of your star shoe with a fabric marker.

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Do the same for the red, making sharp lines in the red lines you’ve already created. Make them varying and interesting!

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

Get ready to have the cutest feet this Independence Day…

Shoe Makeover: Patriotic Watercolor Kicks

and ring in the holiday, running away from explosives (or just watching them from a safe distance) in style!