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So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster
THESE SHOES ARE FOR SALE. PM ME.

Some things I didn't put in the actual tutorial:

* If you are low on time and HAVE to use a blow-dryer, blow each side at least fifteen minutes before applying the next coat of paint. It'll do, but the stress points will crack more with intense wear than a shoe that was allowed to dry for a day or two between layers of paint.

* The reason to use the acrylic sealing spray is to protect the paint from the weather. I wore my costume shoes in drizzle and ran around in mud and the paint held, but I sprayed them a couple of times with sealer and let them dry outside for a few hours. Hair spray will do if necessary, but if possible get actual acrylic sealer. I used matte.

* If you need shoe laces in a certain color and can't buy them in time, you can actually use acrylic paint in a pinch too. They'll be stiff, but usable until you can get your hands on fabric paint.


*I heavily suggest using Neo Jaquard or Jaquard Fabric paint for stress points. This is the paint I've had the most success with. Everywhere ELSE on the shoe--tongue, sides, etc--feel free to use Basic, Liquitex, whatever, because it's only at the stress points where paint will fall off. If you find another paint that works, let me know! Link to shoe repair and how to paint stress points below.


Oh, and obviously this is NOT the only way to paint a shoe! You can also paint them with spray paint. Experiment and see what works best!


The rest of the 'So You Want To....' series:


Sewing Fur: fav.me/d5mg5vt
Making Props with Sculpey: fav.me/d3jqyqn
Bird Tail: fav.me/d2s5k13
Painting Leather Shoes: fav.me/d38qiih
Repairing Damaged Painted Shoes: fav.me/d3bzzj5
Dog Sock Buddy Toy: fav.me/d5mfxd
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icytrus Mar 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey umm can you make a tutorial on how to sew hoodie? :)
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:iconmoonymonster:
You can buy a pattern for that! XD I suggest Simplicity, Butterick or McCall. Stay away from Burda.
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aniwablue May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, so well explain! Thank a lot! One day, I will use it for sure!
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:iconmoonymonster:
Good luck! Make sure to read teh artist's comments too because I cover more stuff there.
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aniwablue May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you for the informations! You're so kind!
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:iconmoonymonster:
Aw you're welcome <3
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:iconrodrigopecine:
awesome! ill be using this for a Cap.A suit for sure :D
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:iconmoonymonster:
Haha have fun XD Though remember to test it on a smaller area first. You might want to experiment with leather paint as well. I've heard such a paint exists, but I've never been able to find it--but if you go into specialty stores you might be able to. If you're going to use this for large areas, you may want to spray paint the areas that'll be still or paint with a cheaper paint like Basic and save the Jaquard for the areas that will bend, just because Jaquard is harder to find. You can add a medium paint to extend its life (I used Lyquitex medium for fabric on another costume and it works really well). Experiment and see what works out! And note I've never done this on pleather, this is for real leather.
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electricswing Apr 4, 2013
do you know if this works on faux leather?
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:iconmoonymonster:
I think someone in the comments said she tried it on faux leather and it didn't work very well. I would experiment on a small area or if you have any scrap pleather that's similar try it on that first. I definitely know it doesn't work well on anything coated with plastic. The plastic-coated canvas is okay, but when I wear the shoes that's the area most likely to peel. (I used the technique on a pair of pure leather shoes, and it's never peeled. It's just the plastic areas on this shoe that has.) It does work on canvas though, so it really just depends on the material. (Canvas you don't have to sand, but if you are starting with shoes that aren't white, you have to paint the area white first.) So yeah....just experiment. Let me know too! I'm curious.
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