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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Removing a 'pattern' from leather shoes? on: August 20, 2011 12:14:15 PM
Hello! I need some help with removing a pattern on (100% leather upper) shoes
I recently purchased these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230662180805?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 and really, i wanted them to be all black.
As you can see, there is a pattern on them, i was wondering how i could go about removing the pattern and then hopefully polish those bad boys up to looking like my dream shoes.
As the pattern originally on the shoes when they are manufactured, i'm assuming it might be quite tough to get off.
Can I use white spirit to remove it? Will this damage the leather?
Does anyone have any tips on what i can do?
Thanks in advance for any help  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Sistine cherubs shoes (picture heavy) on: May 05, 2011 04:44:57 AM
Inspired by all the craftsters on here that paint their shoes, I decided to experiment with some old white pumps that i never wear. I put them in the washing machine to remove dirt, then set about deciding what I wanted to paint onto them.
Oil painting is my first love, so I decided the sistine cherubs would look cute, googled for a reference (http://www.oceansbridge.com/paintings/artists/special/raphael-sistine-cherub.jpg) and got to work.

Here are the shoes before I started


With a coat of white acrylic as a base


First layers and beginning of cherubs


Progress, shading, wings etc


Final outcome (sorry about the shine from my flash)


I was going to use textile medium with my paints, but ended up just using the acrylic paints alone as I didn't expect them to turn out that good. May or may not seal them as I never really wear this kind of shoes.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / my first freezer paper stencils! on: March 28, 2011 02:22:23 PM
I've been lurking around craftster for ages, joined a little while ago.
I tried my hand at freezer paper stencils (had to order freezer paper from ebay, damn you england for not having any near me!)

I persuaded my mum to buy me some fabric medium (system 3) to use with my big stash of acrylic paints, turns out cheaper than buying fabric paint because I already have tons of acrylic colours!

One problem I realised though, is that my paint seems to bleed through the shirt (not onto the back as I put cardboard between the layers, but on the front part of the shirt, it bleeds through)

Anyway, onto the attempts
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / 8 shoes and acrylic paint? on: March 28, 2011 01:58:02 PM
I wanted some new shoes, don't have much money...went on ebay and found some nice wooden wedges for 8, I already had the leopard print idea in my head after being very inspired by (http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/255081/255081_28Mar11_tumblr_lg9bmbdxuI1qc5awdo1_500.jpg) and luckily these shoes had leopard print insole parts. I used the insole pattern as a guide and painted the wedge parts with acrylic paint.
Three coats of varnish later (just to be on the safe side)



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