Friday, September 16, 2011

Plaid Craft TV: Strawberry Painted Sneakers

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Plaid Craft TV: Strawberry Painted Sneakers

In this episode of Plaid Craft TV we are freehand painting strawberries and daisies onto garden sneakers.  They are very simple to make and the same technique can be used on almost any surface...wood, glass, clay pots, etc. 


Materials to Gather:
Flat Top Slip-on Sneakers
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4415 Yellow Citron
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4414 Yellow Light
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4403 Magenta
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4417 Hauser Green Medium
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 480 Titanium White
Detail Paintbrush
Medium Flat Paintbrush
Gems
Gem Glue


To Make:
1. Using a medium paintbrush and Magenta paint, paint a narrow heart shape for each berry you want to paint. Add paint across the top to fill in the heart and for a berry. Blend a tiny amount of White paint into the Magenta paint. This will create a lighter shade. Using the same brush, paint over the berries with the lighter color. Paint only on one side of the berry. This creates a highlight as if the sun was hitting the berry. Using the detail brush and white paint, paint the seeds of the berry over the highlighted areas. Allow to dry.

2. Paint the flowers, by dipping the medium brush into Yellow Light paint, tap off the excess paint. Paint 5 petals for each daisy. For small daisies, just paint little tiny buds. Blend a small layer of White over the yellow to add highlights. Dip the handle end of the paintbrush into Magenta paint, swirl the paint on the center of each flower. Allow to dry.

3. Using a detail paintbrush and Yellow Citron paint, paint free flowing vines and stems for the strawberries and flowers. Use the same paint to paint stems on the berries. Paint small notches to be buds. Using Hauser Green and a detail brush, paint stems top and leaves to the vines. Allow to dry.

4. Add gems to the center of the flowers with gem glue.
Segment 3 - Bonus Idea: Plaid and Berry Sneakers

Bonus Designs:

1. For the plaid shoes: Load half the paintbrush with Magenta paint and the other half with Yellow Light paint. Paint vertical stripes down the front of the shoe. Leave a little space in between the stripes. Using a detail brush and Yellow Citron, paint narrow strips in between the first painted stripes. Using the same detail brush, paint horizontal stripes over the vertical stripes. Use Magenta and Yellow Citron for the horizontal stripes. Use gem glue to attatch a crochet flower and gem.

2. For the large berry: Using a medium paintbrush and Magenta paint, paint a wide heart shape for each berry you want to paint. Add paint across the top to fill in the heart and for a berry. Blend a tiny amount of White paint into the Magenta paint. This will create a lighter shade. Using the same brush, paint over the berries with the lighter color. Paint only on one side of the berry. This creates a highlight as if the sun was hitting the berry. Using the detail brush and white paint, paint the seeds of the berry over the highlighted areas. Paint stems using Yellow Citron and Hauser Green paint. Allow to dry. Glue tiny gems to the shoes with gem glue.

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