DIY painted canvas shoes, and a backstory about relationships with expiry dates

(Long, irrelevant essay incoming! If you want to see my latest DIY project, skip to the second last paragraph, please.)

For every hello, there will be a goodbye.

People enter your lives for a reason, a season, but not for a lifetime.

I used to have a friend. An interesting friend who always have an interesting opinion. It was like, 2008, and we were in my car heading somewhere and she suddenly went into this thought provoking subject.

She said that each of our lives are like lines constantly traveling over time. We were born into this world separately in our own time, we eventually meet one another by chance, and when it’s time, we all will separate and go our own way.  Just like in a graph, where two parabola lines converge, intersect, and then move away from one another.

I nodded while I steer the car in equally confusing late afternoon traffic, pretending that I understood half of what she just said.


She went on, demonstrating the converging lines with her hands, “So, picture your life as a line constantly moving on an angle, then other people’s lines enter that line of your life, both lines intersect, you spend time with that other person, then when it’s time, (dun dun…) the lines separate, they eventually get further away and leave. And when they leave, it means their role in taking part and influencing our life is done. We don’t need them anymore and they don’t need us either. Then it’s time to move on.”

“Ah, I get it, yeah it’s kinda sad but I get it… It’s like chapters in a book or acts in an opera.. Hurr durr”

“Life is all about those intersections.” she said. “And how you make the best out of your time with each person you have the chance to interact with.”

“Because before you even realize it, they will move further away and be gone, like forever, in the constantly moving parabola-equation-graph-thing of life”, I added. (I sucked at describing stuff! How did I even graduate high school as a science major in the first place?)

“Right you are.”

“Then you’d say that every relationship has an expiry date? When the other party’s role is done in the story of your life?” I asked.

“Right on. That’s why I don’t friend my exes after the breakup. Not IRL, not in Facebook, not anything. When it’s done, it’s done”, she said, crossing her arms with a smug expression.

“Too many fish in the sea to miss one.” I said, quoting a Karmin song lyric from the future.

Here’s my latest DIY project. I thought that my DIY orange wallet was pretty sick and I decided to pimp my plain canvas shoes the same way. You can see that it’s decorated with converging and intersecting lines, which have, like, deep personal meanings about relationships with expiration dates.

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To my ex-friend: Hey A, thanks for the friendship, it was awesome while it lasted and you know it 🙂


Regretsy: DIY acrylic painted graffiti wallet

1. Materials: One battered up, old TOUGH wallet (I think I bought this in 2009), some acrylic paint in Bright Orange (because I don’t have neither good taste or color coordination), brush. Yes, this wallet was once a nice, even shade of pale grey, but as you can see now it’s all gone to shit, blame the bonded leather for not lasting very long. It’s makeover time!


2. Add some water in a bowl, add paint (1:1) and mix well. Get painting.

Tip: Don’t do it on your bed like I did. It’s ok because I’m a pro at doing DIY stuff without staining my $300 bedsheets, but most probably you’re not.


3. Here’s the result after 2 coats of orange.  OMG my eyes! I must’ve been colorblind all along, it’s a miracle that I graduated from design school after all. You can see that some areas of the leather doesn’t really take on paint too well. It was so hard to paint the front flap evenly. Grr. Stupid bonded leather.

Note to self: Orange only looks good on Hermes bags, and next time buy a more expensive wallet so you will be hesitant to ruin it with orange paint.


4. After 4 coats, I decided that the garish shade of orange was a total fail. Go to sink. Wash off all of the orange goo. Drink some wine to numb your feelings of regret. Go to bed. Turned out acrylic paint is not waterproof (Obvi!)

5. Semi-dry the wallet. Get some permanent marker refill ink (in black), paint the wallet black in desperation. Dry overnight… Start again with a black wallet.


6. Mix some more paint. Make it thick. Start laying on the orange. I decided that a random pattern would work best, but do whatever you want. Do a fake LV grafitti wallet if you want, but I’m not gonna do that because I ain’t no basic bitch. Here’s the wallet, almost done.


7. Wait until dry, put on a protective coat of clear spray paint. Voila, my new graffiti-inspired wallet. Just add chains for instant badass.


8. Who needs Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada when you have this? (NOT)


What do you think? Does it look any better now? Alay-chic or alay? Awesome or regretsy?