Tips for Decorating Shoes

Do you need an artistic way to express yourself? Here are some tips on how to decorate a pair of shoes that will get people talking.

Many teenagers constantly look for ways to express themselves or stand out from the crowd. One way a lot of kids do this is by decorating their own shoes. Here are some tips on shoe decorating that might prove useful.

If you are looking for a funky pair of shoes to make you stand out, don't go and buy an already decorated pair. The reason is, of course, that other people with the same idea have already bought that same pair of shoes.

If you are already an artist, I recommend buying a set of PRISMACOLOR markers. You can check them out on the web at An arts and crafts store usually has them in stock too. Let me warn you: a set of these markers is very expensive, but if you plan on doing a lot of art with them, they are worth every penny. They last much longer than sharpies, they do not bleed, and they blend very well if you like to shade. If you are not sure you will use them, Sharpie markers are the way to go.

The first thing to do when designing shoes is to draw out your design with a pencil, first on paper, then on the shoe itself. This is to make perfectly sure that you do not make a mistake when designing your shoes. Erasing on shoes isn't an easy thing to do so draw lightly at first.

Once you have your design penciled onto the shoe, you can do one of two things. The first is that you can use Crayola Washable Markers to test how your design will look colored. This way, if you mess up on coloring, you can wash the shoes and start all over again. Or if you are confident in your coloring abilities, you can skip ahead and color with your permanent markers.

Once you have your shoes finished, take care of them! They are your special creation. Spray them with hairspray or fixative, which you can find at an arts and crafts store. Let them dry before wearing them. Although you used permanent markers for your design, it is still not a good idea to go splashing through a mud puddle or leave them in the sun, but who would want to take that chance, anyway?