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Topic: How to turn cheap imitation leather shoes into purple skully flats. Tute  (Read 7990 times)
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« on: February 14, 2010 05:08:29 AM »



I found these cheap white Kmart shoes for $6.00 a pair. They are totally comfy but I wanted purple, NOONE has purple! Then, either by some covert Australian conspiracy or crafty fate I couldn't find purple shoe dye anywhere, *sob*.



I wanted my purple shoes dammit! And then, pondering the possibilities and reaching the conclusion that all rockin purple flats should be emblazoned by skulls, I figure I could jump in the craft cupboard and use some existing materials to reach my dream.


Acrylic paint is actually really great for faux leather and I have used it many times to antique book covers and the like. The trick is to not 'paint' but rub the colour into the fabric so it absorbs as much as possible.


I masked off some hand drawn skull pictures on each shoe and after the masking fluid had dried I mixed up some acrylic paint. One tip is to mix a colour a little darker than you want, since the white will show through a little unless you really paint it on and that leaves the shoes open to cracking and peeling. Dab on the paint with a soft cloth, covering the shoe completely and then dab off the excess with a clean cloth. You want the material to absorb the pigment and then remove the excess. It will take a couple of coats but each coat should be so thin that by the time you have finished a coat on one shoe, the second shoe will be ready for another coat.



Each coat should dry to a mild tacky finish before adding another coat. If you want a pastel colour, dampen your cloth and dab into your paint. Rub the paint into the shoe and buff off, leaving a light coloured dye.



When the shoes are completely dry, remove the masking fluid. If you are careful, you could use a sticker in place of the masking fluid.





I finished these shoes off by painting the rear seams and where the shoe meets the sole with a fine paintbrush and then touched up the skulls with a white paint pen around the edges and added my final details with a fine point permanent marker. I buffed them with a beeswax furniture polish to seal them and add a little moisture back into the fabric.

Cool huh? And reeeaaaly comfortable.

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2010 05:28:03 AM »

Great work and thanks for sharing. You really made them your own.
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Awesome!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010 05:45:54 AM »

tremendous shoes!
and thanks for the info on how best to paint shoes, inspiring!
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2010 06:12:30 AM »

Thanks all.

No worries Cheesy, it's really quite easy but something unusual since painting hard fabrics is usually related to flaking, lol.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2010 01:12:56 PM »

Wow! They look like you bought them purple. I would never guess you painted them. Nice job.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010 04:16:46 PM »

Thanks Cheesy. It's just the trick of getting the paint to stay on but not be painted. I am wearing these at work today and they are so far holding up well.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010 08:07:12 PM »

Yes, and the tip for working the color in is such a great one and could be applied to other projects, so I deem and crown you 'supreme'.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010 09:15:54 PM »

Woo Hoo, supreme! lolz.

Yeah, this evolved from other applications, mainly 'antiquing' book covers and accessories. I so cannot afford real leather but vinyl rocks the cheapness scale. I took a piece of beige imitation leather and turned it into antique brown with this exact process.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011 06:41:38 PM »

Ooh, cute. I love purple shoes! And to tell you the truth, I had been wondering about painting faux leather with acrylics. Thanks for the telling us the trick to it! Those look great.
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