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« on: December 06, 2009 04:23:52 PM »

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So my boyfriend is studying abroad in Japan. He's there for a year and so far its only been three months and we're both really missing each other. Luckily, I'll be going to visit him for Christmas (I'm leaving in 11 days!!! Woohoo!!!!) and I'm super excited but also really stressed out because I have to finish his Christmas presents and deal with a whole bunch of finals at the same time. Anyway I had this great idea to paint him some koi fish shoes because he loves koi fish. I don't really paint (I sew Cheesy), which is probably apparent, so the fish looks kinda wonky....but I think overall they turned out pretty good Smiley I drew the fish by hand and the kanji was traced (my kanji looks terrible). It says "koi." I used fabric paint because my Joann's sucks really hard when it comes to customer service and I was unable to find fabric medium Sad

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009 05:32:21 PM »

I don't think the koi looks wonky at all! It looks great, and I would have guessed you were a painter! I love them, and I am sure your boyfriend will, too. What a nice gift, and lucky you getting to go to freakin' Japan!! I am way jealous. And I had to laugh about your Joann's comment...I worked at our Joann's for 3 days before quitting because it was an AWFUL place to work. They are super rude, so it is not just your store. Wink

Anyways, awesome sneakers! Have a fabulous time in Japan, and with your boyfriend!
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 06:56:00 PM »


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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009 08:12:43 PM »

Thank you guys so much Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2009 08:38:00 PM »

I think your koi is lovely! And I'm sure he'll love them. I admire people who can draw well on shoes haha

Maybe try Scotchguarding them, to protect against water?

And SpookyPooky, it was the same at Michaels. Except I only lasted one full shift. And it's weird, because a lot of the people don't even craft.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2009 08:40:11 PM »

This is incredible!  I have painted lots of shoes for my clown costume.. I like painter markers (made by elmers).. and acrylics work great too.  You might be an established seamstress.. but i believe you have a future in painting.. and combing the two is just genius!

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009 09:11:38 PM »

Your boyfriend is so lucky; I would love shoes like that! Thanks for the inspiration.

Also I haven't had the best experience with the customer service at my Joann's, either. :C
I have rarely bought anything from them since.
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009 09:22:50 PM »

oooh, so pretty!

« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009 10:32:28 AM »

Looks great! Cheesy

Btw, if you're painting on shoes, don't bother with fabric medium--you can pretty much go at them straight with acrylics as long as you don't make TOO thick of a layer.  At least, I've had no issues doing so!

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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009 10:43:30 AM »

You don't give yourself enough credit. These shoes look great. And lucky you. You get a trip to Japan in the mix. (I'm slowly saving up. Maybe by the time I'm thirty. Tongue) I'm sure your boyfriend will love them. Have fun in Japan!

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