Create a stencil of your favorite portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and paint it on a pair of shoes using craft paint.
New Year, new projects. I recently spoke to a fellow who really really wanted me to paint his girlfriend a pair of TOMS with Frida Kahlo on them. She really wants Las Dos Fridas on the top of them, he said. Can you do it?
All I could think of was, shoes with Las Dos Fridas painted on them? WANT. NEED.
Someday I’ll paint that masterpiece! Instead, we settled on a slightly different concept. Find a cool photo of Frida that you like (a large portrait style) and posterize it on Photoshop or a photo editing site like PicMonkey. Print it out to the size of your shoe.
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|After creating my image, I printed it out and cut it out using a #11 x-acto blade.|
The key to creating a sweet stencil is to have quality design and a bottle spray glue, like Aleene’s Repositional Spray. It helps hold your stencil in place and ensures clean lines around your design. Just what can you do with a Frida stencil? You can:
- Make a tote bag.
- Put it on a scarf to make it extra snazzy.
- Stencil it onto primered canvas and create your own Frida paintings.
- Put it on sofa pillows.
- Hook up an apron.
- Cut up a funky tee and adorn it with Frida’s face.
- Create a “wallpaper” pattern on an accent wall.
- Stencil it on wrapping paper or a gift bag for the Frida-lover.
- Or you can do what I did….put it on a pair of shoes! Specifically, TOMS shoes.
I decided not to paint a defined edge on the background–instead a played around with the turquoise and then gave it a pretty paisley type of pattern. Also, get creative with your color palette. I didn’t want to paint it with traditional flesh tones on the skin so I gave Frida purple and pink skin! Also, her hair isn’t painted black–it’s the unpainted shoe surface. I thought that was a fun twist.