coloring my clothing (and maybe yours, too)

i’ve never said this before, but if you can, read to the end. there’s something really exciting waiting down there 🙂

i mentioned in my last art post that i had something special to share that deserved its own post.

this is long overdue but there’s a type art that i’ve been exploring these past couple of months, and i’m *finally* ready to show it to you all.

i’ve seen beautiful hand-painted shoes and jackets on pinterest for years. and, as usual when it comes to art, i continually say to myself, “oh, i’m gonna do that soon. that doesn’t look too hard.”

but, as usual when it comes to art (again), i procrastinate. and procrastinate. and procrastinate. until finally one day i went onto ebay and bought a pair of black hightop converse with the intention of painting them.

but (hahahahaha) i still procrastinated. i wore them around for a couple of months until finally sometime during early 2020 i picked up a paintbrush and dragged my box of acrylics out from under the bed and unscrewed the cap from the yellow tube and painted something that looked vaguely like a yellow petal on the shoe. the texture of the shoe material is definitely not your typical smooth acrylic canvas, but it was still much harder to work with than i expected. add to that my unfortunate choice of paintbrush, lack of general direction, and the-fact-that-i-hadn’t-touched-acrylic-in-months— and the beginning was a bit rough.

but sometimes things just seem to work out, somehow? like when i caught sight of my twenty one pilots hoodie with the floral pattern on it, and the design i wanted for my shoe finally clicked? and when i began to get the hang of mixing the paints, and using my paintbrush correctly? i’m not sure why, but in the end it worked out. and i loved every second of it.

here’s the process it took to paint my shoe:


this shoe turned out beautiful. I was so, so proud of and in love with the results!

of course I couldn’t just stop there – except for the fact that I didn’t have any more canvas high tops. so instead I pulled out my old, dirty white faux-leather high tops. they were falling apart just a little bit but I cleaned them up and they were ready for a makeover in no time.

out came my acrylic paints, and a new friend – a sharpie. I had seen a look on Pinterest that I fell in love with and it involved some black sharpie – but things didn’t go exactly as planned. I needed a fine liner sharpie to get the detail I wanted, but all I could find in the house was a thick-nibbed, almost-empty pen. it took everything in that pen to finish one shoe, so my only option was to adapt and overcome. which I did, and I ended up with a one old-school-basketball looking shoe, and one cartoony-sharpie shoe. but somehow they belonged together.

despite being so much different from the last pair, I loved these just as much. and the new type of shoe was so much smoother to paint on as well!

next was something totally different.

my much-loved jean jacket was finally too small for me, and it was time to hand it down to my sister. but something deep down inside told me to spice it up before I gave it away.

so I dug deep into my camera roll and found a beautiful picture I had taken of my sister a couple of years ago in Florida. I love using original reference photos instead of finding something online, because then my work is truly unique.

I took that photo as inspiration and a night-and-morning later, this painting was birthed:

here’s some shots of my sister modeling her jacket 🙂

the jacket looked amazing. the little details all ended up falling into place and my sister loved the end result. (so did i, because i may end up stealing it sometime in the future if i can still squeeze into it 😉

last one! a dear, dear friend’s birthday was back in February, and as a gift I decided to paint a pair of converse for her. she picked the style and the design and I found a very-lightly-worn pair on ebay at an amazing price.

you can only imagine why it took me 3 months to finish them, but finished they are. last night I sealed them up and today Dinneen and I had a mini photoshoot. they looked GORGEOUS on her!

on our car

and of course, being girls, we couldn’t help taking a couple shoe pictures together 🙂

ok- at this point you’re probably wondering why I asked you to wait until the end.

so, here’s the deal:

I’ve run out of things to paint.

no one else in my family has canvas sneakers or jean jackets.

but SCHOOL IS OVER so I have tons of time on my hands – and I want to keep on painting clothing and improving!

so here is the exciting part: I am expanding my art to the internet, and opening up my shoe-painting talent to all of you!

and here is the EVEN more exciting part (at least for me … i hope this is exciting for you? XD) … the first five orders i receive i will paint for FREE!

that’s right. if you have an old (or new) pair of shoes lying around, waiting for a paint job, or a jean jacket that needs a pop of color… I can paint it for you for FREE! the only cost involved would be shipping.

i’m not kidding – i am dying to get my hands on more things to paint. it doesn’t matter what type of shoe, what size of shoe – or if you want a small or large design – i will LOVE to paint it for you!

so please – don’t hesitate if you have anything you’d like painted. i can work with you on any design, and i’ll try my very best to paint it exactly how you want it to look.

and if you don’t want anything painted, tell a friend! it would mean the world to me if you would spread the news!

here’s how to contact me: you can either fill in the contact form on my blog, or DM me on instagram! my account can be found right here.

so if you have anything from a jacket to a hat to a pair of shoes that you’d like customized, please reach out! i would literally love to paint something for you. and if you don’t, tell a friend who would! the first 5 orders are free, and the rest i will be happy to price very reasonably 🙂

i am beyond excited to start painting something special for you guys. it means the world to me to have such lovely people as my readers, and it would mean even more to be able to make some beautiful for you in return!

❤ ❤ ❤

painted by jul in acrylic


79 thoughts on “coloring my clothing (and maybe yours, too)”

  1. woahwoahwoah THESE ARE INCREDIBLE JUL *heart eyes* each one of these designs are so beautiful!! i actually have a pair of black leather hightops that your paintings would look wonderful on, but the distance between us is too far – oh my goodness, the postage & customs fee would be wayyy too high *cries*. but maybe once i make it over there it would work…? ;P anyways, i LOVED this, jul. i really hope you can make some money out of these clothing paintings, because everything in this post looked so professional! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. thank you sarahhh! you are seriously too sweet
      and oh my goodness yesss… you will have to bring them if/when….
      i’m so glad it looked professional to you!! i took all the photos on an iphone camera, but they turned out a lot better than i expected!
      thank you again ❤ ❤ ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  2. JUUUUUL… eeee I am always amazed at what you can create with those beautiful hands ❤
    I am just SO IN LOVE with these shoes😍… you worked meticulously on every little detail and they turned out gorgeous jul… they don't want to come off 😊
    Thank you sooo much sista! I absolutely love wearing your handiwork ❤ ❤
    ~D ❤

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  3. WOW Jul! WOW WOWOWOWOWOW I can not believe it! those shoes (and jean jacket 😉 ) are so STUNNING, GORGEOUS, and andd….. i’m at a loss for words! I can not believe it! (actually I can ❤ )…… Aww Jul, JUST WOW
    -TruceyGirl ❤

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    1. truceygirl thank you!!! you are the best 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤
      also … vrose gave me a tip that you might be interested in getting a paintjob on something … it would be awesome to be able to make something for you!! ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  4. I don’t have the money at the moment to send you anything to paint else I would send you a tshirt. Would it wash off? I could maybe find a really cheap one to order for you. I love love live your work. I especially love the shoes – I think they’re cool 🙂 the jacket is incredible. She just can never wash it now!!! I think you need to paint all the rest of your shoe collection too 🙂
    Hey, you should really make handbags. The front just painted, the back or inside with cute sayings like keep flying, dream big, you are enough etc.
    Love, light and glitter

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      1. thank you!! i actually just started it a couple of weeks ago … it’s an art account, and the only one I have. i’m not big into the idea of personal instagram accounts but i thought it would be a good place to store all of my artwork :))
        ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. oh eliza i’d paint anything for you in a heartbeat! i’m actually about to order fabric medium – which you mix with acrylic paint so that it doesn’t wash off fabric – and then i can start painting washable items!
      oh my goodness … handbags are such a good idea! i need to look into that! i love the idea of quotes on them too … ❤ < 3 ❤
      thank you so much for your lovely comment eliza! hope you're doing well!
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  5. These are gorgeous jul ❤️
    Your so talented and its such a cool idea to color/paint others clothes for them, I love it! My favorite shoes are either the last ones or the second ones, and I absolutely adore the jean jacket. It’s so dreamy looking 🙂
    Love this 💕

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  6. Wowwwww!!!
    They’re so amazing! I’d have killed to get my hands on those cartoony shoes, and the jacket!
    Love always,

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      i love the jacket too … maybe the most :))) it was such a new but really fun experience to paint it !
      oOOoo yellow converse by themselves are so cute … i can understand why you wouldn't want to XD maybe one day when they're seen a couple years of wear and want a makeover … ?
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  7. Wow these r dope Julio!!!! I love em all! Thx for shouting me out in the comments! Also I love the jacket the most! Did u say u had a professional model modeling them? Cuz wow was she good! Totally dope<3 😂😂😂 Loved this post! I wish I had smthn else u could paint for me….BUT I LOVE WEARING THE JACKET🥰🥰🥰

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    1. wow bernie … thank you
      actually the model i had to work with was awful — i wish i could show you the behind-the-scenes. you would have been shocked. at least the photos turned out nice, i guess….
      hehehe jk but i’m glad you loved the jacket and you were a great model and if you ever get those vans i’ll paint em for you :)))
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  8. That is so cool

    I wish I had something for you to paint/ for me to paint, but painting clothing has eluded me (except the one pair of abstracty jeans, but those are my retirement project–don’t ask–)

    I love the cartoony shoe with the basketballish shoe so so much you have no idea

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    1. thank you weez 🥺❤
      gahh if i had one tip for painting clothing, it’d be “JUST DO IT” … and i’ve seen your art so i know that anything you painted would look lovely whether you thought so or not :))
      and oh my goodness i’m so glad you liked those … they’re fraternal twins but they still love each other and i’m so glad i’m not the only one who does too ❤ ❤ ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//


        1. I’d like to share

          Painted those jeans, wrote a song lyric on the ankle

          it’s not as beautiful as yours (it’s a major hodgepodge)

          but they’re crazy and it was worth it

          Thank you

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        2. that’s such a good idea. i really really love that.
          and i’m sure they looked great. the uniqueness itself is something beautiful.
          it’s always worth it to mix some emotion and pigment together and put it somewhere close to you ❤ ❤ ❤


  9. These are seriously AMAZING!!! I don’t know how you do it! The designs are so detailed!! If I hadn’t already painted my jacket, I would definitely ask you to.

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  10. I’ve been seeing your Instagram stories and damn you’re just sooooo gooood at it.

    Painting your sister’s picture on the jacket is beyond perfect 😍😍😍

    Also, I’m so glad to know that you’ve decided to paint for others. It’s a big step and you’re gonna do wonders there.

    Keep it up 💯

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    1. thank you!! that means a lot … it’s so reassuring to know that others enjoy my art!
      yes … it’s definitely a big step, but i’m excited to see what can happen! it would be incredible to be able to make art for others on a regular basis. thanks so much for the affirmation :))
      power to the local dreamer ||-//


  11. JUL. THIS. OH MY GOODNESS. 😍 your art is so beautiful!!!! i was reading this post just in awe of your talent, i love all the paintings you did! everything is stunning… the details, the colors, just everything! and the pictures you took turned out so well! ❤❤

    i’m not sure if i have anything for you to paint right now lol but i’ll definitely tell you if i do! good luck with this, i know you’re going to do fabulous 💖💖

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    1. Thank you so much Ash 🥺❤️ His honestly makes me feel brave enough to keep painting things for others! And yes, if you ever do have any thing you’d like painted I would absolutely LOVE to do it for you!❤️
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  12. You are very talented! You will have an online business going in no time, if you don’t already — there has been a bit of a lag since this was posted. I hope it is going great! Blessings in your endeavor!

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    1. Thank you Evin! Sorry I took so long to get back to you … you were so sweet to nominate me for an award! Right now I’m not doing awards, but if I ever change my mind I’ll be sure to take a look at this one again! ❤ ❤ ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  13. Oh, these designs are so gorgeous! I’m seriously so impressed. (And obviously I love that the first one is Twenty One Pilots inspired XD) Those mismatched cartoony/old-school-basketball shoes are so fun and go together perfectly!


    1. you’re so sweet … thank you! It’s awesome to know that you like them :)) I love the twenty one pilots-themed shoe because it’s borderline clique art … those who are familiar with the band would recognize it and those who aren’t still love the design :)) *i love ambiguity*
      thanks also for checking out my blog! It means a lot ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  14. I am blown away right now. Those shoes turned out great! Like, really really good. It’s amazing how you turned something like those regular footwear into such unique pieces of art!
    I assure you, you’ll be the first person I reach out to if I want something painted. I just really loved this!❤️

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        1. ah yes there is! my favorite music artist is twenty one pilots, and one of their famous quotes is “power to the local dreamer.” I thought it was the perfect tag line for an amateur blogger/writer/artist, since power does lie in creativity, no matter how small it begins as.
          I hope that makes sense! :)))


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