step 2 is by far the most fun step lol.
Step 2 is the actual painting. After you completely prepped your shoe (I promise you, do not be lazy prepping, its a boring tedious job, but super important to making your artwork durable)
Some people can hand paint, most people cannot.
Either way practice makes perfect, to get familiar with painting shoes, coating the paint layers, and get a all around feeling for painting shoes, you should 100% start off with a old used pair. practice on a pair or 2, get use to the feel of painting on a non flat leather surface.
- use angelus leather paint, regular acrylic wont due
-apply thin layers letting each layer completely dry before the next.
- you will see some colors take alot more coats to get true to color vs others (imo red is the worst)
-have a relaxed hand, guide the paint to the areas you want, use the edges and curves of the shoe as your guide
-after covering the desired area of the shoe with paint go over it so that all the paint is equally divided and flat vs streaky
-air brush people, youtube videos can help ya.