Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain3
Sensational Lyrical Kicks
So having teenagers is fun. Hey, stop laughing, they have their moments. really. While I was talking about my first shoe post- Tie Dye Kicks. Canvas sneakers that are tie dyed. And my oldest minion and I were throwing out ideas of what else could be done, we came up with the idea of written on shoes. I thought it would be cool. And I have a really pretty vintage script stamp that I was going to try to work with. But minion suggested that she write on them. And I suggested that she come up with her favorite song lyrics. And she said- OH that’s a great idea!!
Aren’t you thrilled to be a fly on the wall of our creative process?
More into the process, after she worked for a couple hours listening and writing, she had a back and front sheet of paper full of one line lyrics. Before we started on them, we talked about how we could add color and details, using little icons between the words. First we drew them on a sheet of extra paper, so that she had good ideas and something to work from. Then after I started with the first line of the shoe, she took over and spent a couple hours sitting in the sun in the backyard writing and coloring. She adores these “lyrical kicks” shoes. Obviously they are very personal to her. But Mom thinks they are just adorable too.
What you need- sharpies, a fine point sharpie, shoes…
we decided to try out the pen and some icons on the back of the shoes. Be careful of your markers. some colors bleed.
Start at the tip of the shoe and write your words as evenly spaced as you can. Add in your icon details as you go. We used some plastic grocery bags crumpled up to stuff into the nose of the shoe, that helped the fabric from pushing in as much as we wrote.
I added color to the icons as we began. It gives you a moment to review your writing, keeping it neat. But also this way you don’t lose the icon in the writing.
Plus knowing where they are gives you a better idea of where you’d like to place the next ones.
You could also theme the icons, make country items for country lyrics. hats, cacti, boots, rope…
When she got close to the end of the front, I colored the edges of the shoes with rainbow colors. Have a favorite color, use that. Can make these for guys too, just more guy colors or do the edging in black.
Once you are finished, you can throw them in a hot dryer to set the inks a little. They make such fun personal shoes!