I've never been that into shoes, so I didn't really do what I was told haha. I decided to paint a mermaid that I just finished sculpting in wax, holding a faceted citrine (I'm a jeweler that does lost wax cast sculpture). I liked the sequin technique a lot and put it to use on her tail :D I'm pretty happy with how she came out, but I'm not super thrilled with the hair.
I used cheap opaque watercolors that I've had since college, I think a trip to the art store is in my future for better paints and brushes (yay an excuse to go!) I do have a nice messy pallet though ;D