So baseball season started this week and Monday is the home opened for my favorite boys with bats, the St. Louis Cardinals.
I had seen the below ad on Facebook the other day to win a pair of baseball flats from Khenri.com who does a lot of custom hand-painted work.
I never win anything and I am also too cheap -um, I mean THRIFTY to buy something that I could surely attempt to make on my own.
If you have seen my other crafty projects, you know that I am a hoarder of crafting supplies so you know I had everything on hand to do this.
I am not a flats girl really, more the casual canvas shoe (or boot girl in the winter)...so of course I had a white pair of canvas (yeah guys, CANVAS - like what art is painted on!) shoes to attempt this on.
My white canvas shoes were just too white so I removed the laces and used some tan acrylic paint and mixed with white. Use lots of water and blend that around and get the darker and lighter shades going.
Then I looked up images of baseball ball stitching on those interwebs. I decided to go a more "cartoony approach" with mine. Doing it this way means it doesn't have to be perfect.
So I figured out how I wanted the stitching to go and drew that with a pencil and tried to get the other shoe to be similar. Then I started painting the black lines and dots for the red stitches (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LET THE SHOES DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE DOING EACH STEP. I was impatient and tried moving too quickly and the colors would run) then added the red stitches. I ended up tracing around it all with a black sharpie. DONE AND GOOD ENOUGH FOR FREE!
YAY! BASEBALL SHOES!You could put some sort of protective coating on these but I don't know that I will. You still have time to make yours for opening day so GET CRACKING!