Stepping Into the DIY Zone

Okay, this is where it gets real.  While I said I was stepping out of my comfort zone on my last post, I literally inspired myself :o) and jumped into action on a project that I had waiting for me…

I have always wanted to try a DIY that I’ve seen on Pinterest–Painted Toms–but I would never attempt such a thing on an expensive pair of shoes.  I do love TOMS and what the organization does, but this girl is a rookie, and I wouldn’t dare chance it.


SO, instead I chose a pair of $9.99 shoes from Wal-Mart:

Life is too short

This risk is still high, because I am no artist.  I AM a doodler, though, so I decided to stick with what I know I CAN do.

First, I took a picture of my shoes and printed it out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  Using a pencil, I sketched what I wanted them to look like:

Pencil drawing of shoes

You might recognize the design from my post, “My Tattoos Are Scars”.  It was easy to replicate, and I knew I wanted a verse for my first try, so I chose Matthew 19:21.   I practiced on my paper version, then using a pencil to lightly sketch where everything would be, I started very carefully with a Sharpie using thin lines, then thickening the ones that needed it.  I LOVE how they turned out!  When I finished I sprayed them with waterproofing to seal in the permanent ink, just to help protect the canvas from stains or smearing.  I’ve only worn them once, but I know that they will be a perfect shoe for the fall.  The neutral colors ensure their versatility–they will go with anything!

waterproofing shoes

Here’s the finished product:

Side View of Sharpie ShoesSharpie Shoes--Matthew 19.21

What do you think?  I can’t wait to try again!


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“If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and FOLLOW ME.”  Matthew 19:21

4 replies »

  1. Vickie, I want you to know that this post really inspired me today. You put so much time and effort into creating something as fleeting (no pun intended!) as shoes! 🙂 God bless you for sharing this with the rest of us.



  2. Can’t wait to see them @ Bible study! Hard to see where the designs stop and start… is “Seamless!” 😉 What a fun Monday for you.


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