New Year, new projects. I recently spoke to a fellow who really really wanted me to paint his girlfriend a pair of TOMS with Frida Kahlo on them. She really wants Las Dos Fridas on the top of them, he said. Can you do it?
All I could think of was, I wish I had a pair of shoes with Las Dos Fridas painted on them, man!
Instead, we settled on something a little bit different.
|I prefer to buy my TOMS locally. Gives me more time to create magic!|
|Working with a stencil kind of tricky. I always use a #11 X-acto blade to cut out my stencil.|
The key to creating a sweet stencil is to have quality design and a bottle spray glue, like Aleene's Repositional Spray. It helps hold your stencil in place and ensures clean lines around your design. So...just what can you do with a Frida stencil? You can:
- Make a tote.
- Put it on a scarf to make it extra snazzy.
- Stencil it onto primered canvas and create your own Frida paintings.
- Put it on sofa pillows.
- Hook up an apron.
- Cut up a funky tee and adorn it with Frida's face.
- Create a "wallpaper" pattern on an accent wall.
- Stencil it on wrapping paper or a gift bag for the Frida-lover.
- Or you can do what I did....put it on a pair of shoes! Specifically, TOMS shoes.
|Isn't she pretty?|
This is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
Now back to the shoes. Painting shoes is a little tricky because they have curves and dips. You just have to be willing to work with curves and dips. This is real life, people.
|After laying out the entire design in white, I began to add color on top.|
|In the meantime, indulging in some mindless entertainment while I work. "Feel the rain on your skin..."|
|My weapons of choice when painting fabric shoes--Soft Fabric Paint by Tulip from iLovetoCreate.|
I've waiting to paint Frida on a pair of shoes for a long time. It was so fun! If you are interested in getting a fab pair for yourself, please check out my Etsy store for more details!
We all must have stencils on the brain because Kathy Cano-Murillo just posted a cool DIY project, Jumbo Fabric Stencils, over at Diary of a Crafty Chica. Go check it out! Enjoy your printable, friends. Please post any pics you take of your Frida projects on the Pearmama Facebook wall because I want to see what you come up with. Enjoy!