Abstract Accessories Shoes & Drawstring Bag


Abstract Accessories Shoes & Drawstring Bag

Abstract Accessories Shoes and Drawstring Bag
Abstract Accessories Shoes and Drawstring Bag

To freshen up your wardrobe, you don't always need to buy new clothes. Although it would be nice to spend money on a new purse or a pair of shoes, it's not always financially responsible. Instead, you should turn to paint! This Abstract Accessories Shoes & Drawstring Bag tutorial teaches you to refashion your staple pieces using paint. With this painting project, your canvas shoes or bag will look completely different and super fashionable! You'll love this project so much that you'll end up using paint for all of your next projects. 

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Paint

Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • DecoArt® Stylin™ in Fuchsia, Orange, Yellow, Aqua, and Turquoise
  • Canvas espadrilles
  • Canvas drawstring bag
  • Various-sized brushes



  1. Start with the Aqua Stylin™ paint and a wide, square tip paintbrush, adding random brush-strokes across the surface of the shoe.

  2. Repeat this step multiple times with the different color paints. You want to allow each color to dry before you apply the next paint color. This way you are making sure that the colors are not mixing together.

  3. Change up the sizes of your brushes and the types of markmaking you are doing. (I suggest practicing on a scrap sheet of paper first if you are nervous.)

  4. Layer the colors, various brushstrokes, and dots and dashes to create a dynamic final look on the surface of the shoe.

Drawstring Bag:

  1. Before you get started with the drawstring bag, mix up about three tints of blue paint in a graduating scale of dark to light. (Use the Aqua paint as the base/darkest color.) Then, mix in the Turquoise paint to create a blended tint of the two colors, mixing (2) parts Aqua to (1) part Turquoise. To create the next shade, mix in more Turquoise paint at a 1:2 ratio, with the final tint fading with pure Turquoise.

  2. Paint your way around the bottom of the bag, using the Aqua paint
    first, letting it bleed its way up the bag. No need to let the tints dry between the different shades; it will actually be easier to blend the paints while they are wet.

  3. After the base color is painted, work your way around the bag again in the next lightest tint, and again, with the last shade being the Turquoise fading into the white of the bag.

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