Shoe Decorating

Over the past few years, I have been wearing my custom decorated Tom's shoes and I get tons of compliments! I created these during a workshop at ArtStreet University of Dayton in which I helped students decorate their Tom's. I incorporated various techniques into that pair and they had a lovely long life, but that life is quickly coming to an end, so it is time for a new pair! Want to learn some techniques and decorate your own canvas shoes? Check out the end of this post to learn about the workshops I am teaching at Studio 14 Gallery in Tipp City! 

My new Chipotle Red Tom's that my Mom bought for me! Thanks, Mom! 

My new Chipotle Red Tom's that my Mom bought for me! Thanks, Mom! 

Some Pouring Medium mixed with fine glitter for a shimmery raised effect! 

Some Pouring Medium mixed with fine glitter for a shimmery raised effect! 

Adding a silver foil base to one of the toes. 

Adding a silver foil base to one of the toes. 

Then reverse painting stars in Turquoise Deep. 

Then reverse painting stars in Turquoise Deep. 

Trying some staining with watered down paints. 

Trying some staining with watered down paints. 

The other toe gets it's makeup done while it waits. 

The other toe gets it's makeup done while it waits. 

The eyeshadow is sealed with a gel medium and some glazes of paint are added. I also add a temporary tattoo of a bird to the other shoe and seal it. 

The eyeshadow is sealed with a gel medium and some glazes of paint are added. I also add a temporary tattoo of a bird to the other shoe and seal it. 

Some glazes of blue and an attempt at temporary tattoo metallic stars. 

Some glazes of blue and an attempt at temporary tattoo metallic stars. 

My old pair, featuring tissue paper and chunky glitter, next to my finished new pair. 

My old pair, featuring tissue paper and chunky glitter, next to my finished new pair. 

I added a wave design that continues across both shoes. And a single star to tie to the star cluster on the other toe. 

I added a wave design that continues across both shoes. And a single star to tie to the star cluster on the other toe. 

SHOE DECORATING WORKSHOP with Artist Amy Kollar Anderson

Turn plain canvas shoes into works of art!
Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 8:30 PM (There will also be a TEEN only class on Monday, June 20, and another all ages on Tuesday, July 19)
Cost: $35 (Includes all Supplies except shoes)
You supply the shoes, we supply everything else!

What to Expect:
Bring along a pair of canvas shoes to paint (Toms, Converse Chuck Taylor, Keds, etc.). Amy will work one-on-one with you using fun techniques to create your exclusive painted and decorated shoes. You may bring drawings or references to paint from or just have fun and be inspired by Amy’s ideas and supplies!

Open to teens and adults for a fun and creative evening out with friends and family. Lets create fun! To sign up please visit www.studio14gallery.com or email Leslie at ltrimbach@studio14gallery.com

Portrait of Numia : Studio Images

This painting is 12”x18”x1.75”, acrylic paint, glitter, pouring medium, lava paste and glass beads.

Reference photo for Numia.

Reference photo for Numia.

Terrarium jar with bone buttons and grackle skull. 

Terrarium jar with bone buttons and grackle skull. 

Sketch directly on wood panel. 

Sketch directly on wood panel. 

Started on bare wood, Thinned Phthalo Turquoise in the wood grain. 

Started on bare wood, Thinned Phthalo Turquoise in the wood grain. 

A thinned metallic glaze in alternating grains, and then a layer of clear gesso. Shown with Little Tub and Trio. 

A thinned metallic glaze in alternating grains, and then a layer of clear gesso. Shown with Little Tub and Trio

Blocking in the skin tone at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Blocking in the skin tone at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Creepy eyes! 

Creepy eyes! 

Less creepy, but looking tired. 

Less creepy, but looking tired. 

More values and details. 

More values and details. 

A layer of lava paste on the rock. 

A layer of lava paste on the rock. 

Painting the textured surface. 

Painting the textured surface. 

Working on background grain. 

Working on background grain. 

A layer of white and Phthalo Turquoise, then a layer of glitter mixed with pouring medium, leaving the wood grain lines exposed. 

A layer of white and Phthalo Turquoise, then a layer of glitter mixed with pouring medium, leaving the wood grain lines exposed. 

The final piece. View the page for Portrait of Numia. 

The final piece. View the page for Portrait of Numia

New Glasses

It occurred to me recently that it had been several years since my last eye doctor visit, and I had noticed some changes in my sight including blurriness and tired eyes. It was suggested that I go to an MD instead of an OD, so I made an appointment with a new doc. In the exam room, he placed little lens in front of my glasses to my delight, "Oh, that is much better!" I exclaimed. "Yes, you need bifocals." He flatly stated. "But I am too young for bifocals!" I laughed outloud, but sobbed inside. I always told myself to age with grace, but at that moment I was being a seriously awkward mofo. Previously, my eye care went like this...Step 1: Eye exam. Step 2: Select new frames from the selection available. Step 3: Pay. Simple. At this office, he handed me the prescription and left the room. No, "Have a nice day." or "Do you have any questions about this new vision requirement?" Dilated and dazed, I left the office without even a glance at the frame selection, then drove home wincing from the normally beloved sunny day. What exactly did needing bifocal mean to me? Was it just another pair of glasses or the ringing of my death bell? Ha! 

Tiffany Clark and her infamous specs. 

Tiffany Clark and her infamous specs. 

I was considering ordering my new glasses online, but realized that my prescription did not include the PD numbers. I called the office back, requesting my PDs, which they told me they could not provide unless I returned to the office. Since I was not thrilled about the first visit and did not want to provide them with further funds, I decided to go elsewhere to get those numbers. I returned to Gemini Eyecare, where I used to get glasses and found a modern black cat eye frame. Cost almost $300 with insurance, but I felt hesitant and did not complete the order. Was it the cost? Did I just know subconsciously that they were not the right frames for my face or was I avoiding this new phase in my life? I was stressed and confused. Then I tried Eyemart and found a pair of modern black rectangular frames for just over $100. Again no commitment. I thought about my artist friend Tiffany Clark and her amazing hand-crafted wood frames. Did I want something with artsy personality? I decided to shop around and see if there was one out there that fit my needs and my face, which I already knew, is small for an adult woman. Yes, some of these frames are from the children's section and STILL seem too big. 

A most unflattering collage of me. 

A most unflattering collage of me. 

With most of these frames, I would put them on and think, "Hmmm...I really like these! These are the ones!" Then I would snap a photo, look at the photo and change my mind. Crap. This was not going to be an easy task. At my husband's insistence, I even tried frames from Warby Parker for a free at home try on. All too big. One thing I did learn from Warby Parker is that the plastic frames could be an option for me. I had never considered them before because I need those little nose footers, but the WPs made me realize that some plastic frames have a notch at the top to allow those of us not born with Barbie noses to wear plastic frames. That was a glorious moment. That brings up the question of whether I should even consider ordering them online. Numerous people have warned me against such thoughts, both because of personal experience or because the concept is ludicrous to them. How can a website possibly do what trained professionals do in person? I went back to Eyemart and found a black metal frame, in the kids section, and I am content....I think. Now to get used to the world swimming around me from these wacky progressive lens!