• UO DIY: Splatter Painting

    Take it from the ‘80s: splatter painting is cool. We liven up a pair of plain white sneakers and a set of glasses with an updated take on the ‘80s fave.
    Photos by CJ Harvey

    -acrylic paint, various colors
    -glass paint, various colors
    -paintbrushes, various sizes
    -plain white sneakers (we used Vans Classic Old Skool sneakers)
    -plain glasses (we used the Tinted Flutes Set)
    -thinning agent (to help the paint go on more smoothly)
    -1 cup of water
    -painter's tape (optional)

    DIY Splatter Shoes

    1. To start, lay out a drop cloth to catch any extra paint because this can definitely get messy. Make sure you have anything important covered up because acrylic paint can be tricky to remove.

    2. Start with your plain, clean shoes. Put them on the drop cloth.

    3. Remove the shoelaces. If you don't want to worry about getting paint on the soles, use painter's tape to block them off. 

    4. Decide which colors you want to use for your shoes and thin each color out with some of your thinning agent. Acrylic paint works well on clothing because of its durability, but it can go on thick and make clothing stiff. (While it's not super crucial with shoes since they're thick canvas, it helps the paint go on more evenly.)

    5. Get to splattering! There's no wrong way to do this. Experiment with different brush sizes and amounts of paint on the brush. Flicking the brush in different ways will also give you different effects, so have fun with it.

    6. Once you have all the colors you want on your shoe, you're done! It's as simple as that. We wanted to do a more minimal splatter, but obviously the longer you throw paint, the more saturated they'll become. 

    7. Let shoes dry for 2-3 days before wearing out of the house.

    DIY Splatter Glasses

    1. Same as with the sneakers, make sure your drop cloth is set up to cover any surfaces you don't want to be covered in paint. The surface area of glasses are a lot smaller than shoes, so you're guaranteed to get paint everywhere as you're splattering.

    2. If you plan on washing and using these glasses (rather than just using them for decor), make sure to use glass paint on them as it's more durable.

    3. Insert your fingers into the mouth of the glass and begin splattering with paint! The glass paint is a bit more translucent than the acrylic paint and will dry a bit lighter.

    4. Once you've splattered all of your glasses, set them aside and let them dry for at least 5 days before using. Give them a good washing by hand before you plan on using them. Use them to toast to your friends in a classy, '80s way.

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