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Jazz up an old pair of pumps with this easy painting tutorial.  These Perfectly Painted Pumps from The Crafty Chica are inspired by an oil canvas and would add beautiful color and style to any outfit.  This is an easy and thrifty project that anyone could enjoy.  This is also a great way to give a new life to an old pair of shoes that need some love.  Play with different colors and styles to create a pair of shoes that's truly unique and fun!

Pretty Painted Pumps


  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint in assorted brights (you'll need a light shade and a darker shade of each color--or you can mix with white)
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint in black and white
  • Fine liner brush
  • Medium brush
  • Water
  • Brush-on varnish
  • Fine grade sandpaper if your surface is super slick (vinyl, patent leather)
  • Photo of your choice



  1. Paint your flowers in white, using your medium brush.  If your fabric surface is super slick, lightly sand the areas you are going to paint. This will help the paint grip even better!

    painted pretty pumps
  2. This is what my shoes looked after I added the white. I added designs for flowers and greenery.

    painted pretty pumps
  3. Next, you want to fill in with a LIGHT base color. Light blue, light pink, light yellow, etc...Don't paint all the way to the edge of the white. You want to leave a border of white, this is what will make it look like real oilcloth.
  4. Let the light base colors dry and then using your fine liner brush, use the DARKER shade of color to add thin strokes going out to the edges of the petals. If you feel frisky, add a third darker color in the center.

    painted pretty pumps
  5. Next, add thin black strokes.
  6. If you feel really frisky, add a center bud, repeating the process - light, dark strokes, black strokes. 
  7. The last step is to use a head pin to add white dots in the center of each flower. Let dry and add a coat of varnish to all the painted areas.

    painted pretty pumps
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