DIY Colorblock Flats

Friday, February 24, 2012

I don't know if it is just me, but I feel like I have been seeing color blocked flats all over! I feel like every brand, at every price point is doing it. If you're confused by this newly coined term "color block" it simply means pairing multiple colors together, usually in large geometric shapes. In the past year it has been mostly used when referring to clothing. The trend started around last spring and focused on bright colored tops and bright contrasting pants/skirts. The trend has evolved into using multiple contrasting colors in squares, blocks, or lines within a single garment. Most recently this trend it has made it's way into shoes.

Personally, I would not have classified these flats using the term "color blocking"... but I'm not Anna Wintour so no one cares about my opinion ;D Despite my sentiments on the name, I still love these flats! As soon as I saw them my first thought was, I want some. My second thought, how can I make some. I have been mulling over the idea in my head for weeks now and finally came up with, what I think is a genius Idea....


The Inspiration
(Various Brands)





The Back Story

.... So as I was trying to figure out the best way to attack this project, I kept thinking of how hard it was going to be to find good metallic paint. I wanted paint that looked like real gold or chrome and I just wasn't able to find something that achieved the liquid lusciousness I desired. I will not go into detail about how my crazy brain arrived at this concept, but I figured out I could use modeling paint. When I was little my brother used to put together model cars and he used specific paint so they would look like real metal. I decided that would be how I got my desired effect for these shoes. I have no past experience with this paint, I have never worked with it and I'm pretty sure it's unheard of to use on clothing and shoes. But, that's kinda my thing... I like uncharted waters :D


The Execution


I bought these adorable leopard flats last year at Target. They were on clearance for $2!!
Initially I wanted to use solid colored flats... But I haven't been able to find any cheap enough. I thought the leopard print would do the job equally.





The Supplies: (Top) A oval Tupperware lid (you could use a compass... but I'm kinda ghetto like that). (Bottom) This is the model paint I used. I bought mine at Michael's Craft store. I also picked up some paint thinner just to clean my brushes since the paint is not a water base.



I used the lid and made a half circle on the tip of the shoe. I used chalk to mark it off because I find it is easier to clean off if you make a mistake
Both of my toes marked off where I will paint..
I just jumped in and started painting.... didn't even test it first.
I was hoping for the best :D
I also wanted to paint a strip of gold on the heel. I saw a pair of Prada flats with a similar design...
The back when I was done painting!! The lines aren't crooked, the shoes are just lumpy.



The view from the front!

I am so pleased with myself!! They came out exactly how I wanted them!!



Worked like a charm!!




What do you think?? I can't wait to wear them :)













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