About Paint Markers for Custom Shoe Designs

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The best paint markers for custom shoe designs are oil-based, as they will adhere better to the leather, suede or canvas, and a final soft clear coat spray will protect the paint. Learn how to decorate and customize shoes using paint markers with a demonstration from an experienced artist and art supply store employee in this free video on drawing.

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My name is Tres Hoyt. I'm here at Asel Art Supply in Austin, Texas. And I'm going to talk to you a little bit about paint markers for custom shoe designs. If you're going to be working with shoes like this that are a leather or a suede like you see here, you're going to want to use something that is an oil-based paint marker. So a Deco color here would be a good one to use. And the OTR company makes these fine liner markers. And both of these are a valve-based marker where the nib moves down so you can let paint flow out a little more. And the reason why you want to use this oil-based paint is because the water-based is not going to stick to the shoes very well, because the leather or the suede don't absorb it too much. Now if you're doing a pair of sneakers or something that's canvas like some Chuck's or something like that, using fabric markers like this Deco fabric or the Sakura permapaque here would be pretty much just fine. And you just want to layer it on just like you would any sort of painting. And most of the time, you're going to have to do a couple of coats for each one to get it to look really nice and solid. But once you're done applying your paint to the shoes, whatever type they might be, you want to go over them with a soft clear coat spray to make sure that it's permanently adhered to the shoes once you're done. And those are the markers that you should be using for custom shoe design.


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