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Topic: Archie Comics decoupaged flats! (Photo heavy!)  (Read 17904 times)
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« on: May 22, 2009 06:18:40 AM »

Hi all, it's been a looong time since my last post here. I started this about a month ago, worked on it on and off and finally completed it last week. Nothing much to it, just a regular dirty old pair of suede flats that I plastered in a choice selection of Archie comic cutouts with some good ol' Mod Podge. And then painted in the gaps between with bright red acrylic paint. I haven't got 'before' photos of the shoes but I can tell you they weren't ideal for a project like this. They shrank and crinkled after a wash for one, and the surface is not as smooth as it ought to be for decoupaging. Also, living in a scorching tropical climate means the Mod Podge is tricky for wear. Nonetheless, I finished it to see how it would turn out and here are some snaps of the result :















It took a lot longer than expected to pick out and compose the cutouts, but it was really fun to leaf through old Archie comics for funny bubbles and action scenes Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009 06:32:31 AM »

These look so cool!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009 06:41:41 AM »

You know those would be really cool even as a little art piece on a bookshelf somewhere...that way they don't pick up every particle of dust you ever walk on...oh yeah, I know Mod Podge, and we do not get along!! Cheesy The shoes are way cute though, worth the experiment I think.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009 06:48:43 AM »

i have wanted to try this for a while, but was worried about how they would hold up. yours came out great!
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009 06:56:33 AM »

i have wanted to try this for a while, but was worried about how they would hold up. yours came out great!

Thanks! I would wear it out for quality testing but unfortunately the shoe itself is really quite a pain to wear after shrinking one size down. I plastered the shoes in strips of white tissue first to give it an easier and smoother surface to work with, then glued on the cutouts with Mod Podge. I added about 4 final coats of Mod Podge to seal when I was done with cutting and pasting. It would take a lot of care and attention but I actually think they would hold up well if say you don't wear it out in horrible weather. It would be ideal to use a perfectly smooth pair of leather or pleather flats so the pieces of paper don't crinkle and you wouldn't have to prime them beforehand like I had to.

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009 07:20:22 AM »

Really nicely done ^^ So cute !!
I am doing something similar, with a bracelet, but I don't have modge podge only white craft glue, is this just as good to seal it?
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009 07:31:40 AM »

Really nicely done ^^ So cute !!
I am doing something similar, with a bracelet, but I don't have modge podge only white craft glue, is this just as good to seal it?

Hmm I don't think white glue would seal as well as Mod Podge. I've used white glue for papier mache and decoupaging just once but i think it worked because I was using thin colored tissue and not pieces of paper so it soaked up all the glue easily. I could be wrong though.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009 08:02:01 AM »

very cute!
nice work Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2009 08:53:17 AM »

Grin These made me smile so much!! I love the colors and it brought back memories of happily reading all my mom's old Archie comics -too fun, thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2009 09:06:31 AM »

Grin These made me smile so much!! I love the colors and it brought back memories of happily reading all my mom's old Archie comics -too fun, thank you!

You're right! I too love all that heavy use of primary colors. I haven't touched Archie comics in ages and while working on this I thought to pick up a new copy in the book store. To my disappointment it seemed the colors in the new issues look pretty washed out and badly printed.
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