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Decorative Stenciled Hat and Shoes

Transform your springtime fashion with this lovely China Blue stencil idea.

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At a Glance:

#6310 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • Delta Ceramcoat Logo

Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint - Blue Heaven, 2 oz. - 020370202W

Number Needed: 1 $1.59
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Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint - Navy Blue, 2 oz. - 020890202W

Number Needed: 1 $1.59
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Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint - White, 2 oz. - 025050202W

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Delta Ceramcoat ® Mediums - Textile, 2 oz. - 103000201W

Number Needed: 1 $3.99
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Other Supplies

White hat, White canvas shoes, Palette paper or foam plate, No. 4 round brush, No. 1 script liner, No. 8 flat brush, No. 12 flat Brushes, Brush basin or container for water, Paper towels, Pencil, Tracing paper, Black transfer paper, Stylus, Cosmetic wedge sponge, Dot stencil of choice, Stencil adhesive, 1" Circle template, 1.5" Circle template, 2.5" Circle template, 3" Circle template, Stencil tape



  • Wash shoes to remove manufacturer’s sizing. Do not use fabric softeners which will reduce paint adhesion.
  • Premix all colors using two parts Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint to 1 part Textile Medium. Colors used on the shoes will be mixed with Textile Medium.


Note: When stenciling this type of project where you are only using portions of the stencil rather than the entire stencil design, it is easier to use painters or stencil tape to mask the open areas of the stencil that you don't want paint to go through.

Shoes and Hat

  1. Using a dot stencil, begin by taping around a grouping of dots large enough to cover the front section of the shoe. Apply Stencil Adhesive by lightly dabbing it onto the back of the stencil then allow to dry lightly until tacky. Press the stencil firmly in place on the front of the shoe. Stencil dot design using a cosmetic wedge sponge. Load a mix of equal parts Navy Blue and Blue Heaven onto the large flat surface of the cosmetic wedge by dabbing into the paint using the narrow tip as the handle. (Remember, premix paints with textile medium before stenciling on fabric) Dab straight up and down over the dot stencil to transfer the design.
    • TIP: A stencil brush can be used if a cosmetic wedge is unavailable. Lift the stencil and reposition to repeat the pattern where desired. (Refer to photo for design inspiration.) Remove painters or stencil tape from stencil when complete.
  2. Repeat the stenciling process using the 2-1/2” circle template for the daisy flowers on the hat and shoes in Blue Heaven.
  3. Repeat the stenciling process using the 1-1/2” circle template on the shoe and the 3” circle template on the hat in a mix of equal parts White and Blue Heaven to make the hydrangeas.
  4. Repeat the stenciling process using the 1” circle template on the sides of the shoes in Blue Heaven.


Note: If desired, you can apply the pattern or simply free-hand the brush strokes.

  1. Trace the entire pattern onto tracing paper.
    • TIP: When transferring the pattern it is best to hold it in place with a piece of stencil or painters tape at the top. Place the transfer paper between the traced pattern and the painting surface. Transfer pattern as desired using black transfer paper.
  2. Daisies: Paint Navy Blue large petal strokes using No. 4 Round brush. Repeat thinner strokes between each heavier petal stroke using the No. 1 Script Liner. The center of the daisy is painted Navy Blue using the No.1 Script Liner. Accent the flower centers with White dots using a stylus.
  3. Hydrangeas: Paint around the cluster of small blue flowers on the hydrangeas Navy Blue using the No. 1 Script Liner. Using the No. 4 Round brush, paint clusters of Blue Heaven blossoms within the Navy Blue circle. Add Navy Blue line work stroking outward from the centers using the No. 1 Script Liner. Paint White dots centers using a stylus.
  4. Leaves on Hat: Paint all the leaves Navy Blue using the No. 12 Flat brush.
  5. Leaves on Shoes: Paint leaves Blue Heaven using the No. 8 Flat brush.
  6. Paint all of the strokes on the leaves and sides of the shoe Navy Blue using the No. 1 Script Liner.
  7. Four Petal Flowers on Shoes: Paint the four petals and the center Navy Blue using the No. 1 Script Liner.


Allow shoes to air dry for 24 hours. Heat-setting is recommended for best durability. Place canvas shoes in clothes dryer for 30 minutes on the highest setting allowed for this type of fabric. When necessary, machine washable or hand wash with mild soap, gentle cycle and no softeners. Air dry.

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