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So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster So You Want to Paint Leather Shoes by moonymonster

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:
Making Props with Sculpey:
Bird Tail:
Painting Leather Shoes:
Repairing Damaged Painted Shoes:
Dog Sock Buddy Toy:
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rioprince Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Nice answers in replace of the question with real point of view and explaining about that.
Elevator Shoes
icytrus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey umm can you make a tutorial on how to sew hoodie? :)
moonymonster Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
You can buy a pattern for that! XD I suggest Simplicity, Butterick or McCall. Stay away from Burda.
aniwablue Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, so well explain! Thank a lot! One day, I will use it for sure!
moonymonster Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Good luck! Make sure to read teh artist's comments too because I cover more stuff there.
aniwablue Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you for the informations! You're so kind!
moonymonster Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Aw you're welcome <3
RodrigoPecine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
awesome! ill be using this for a Cap.A suit for sure :D
moonymonster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
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.
electricswing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
do you know if this works on faux leather?
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