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Topic: Painting Shoes... Fabric paint or Acrylic paint? (with pictures)  (Read 10383 times)
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« on: August 25, 2005 07:23:24 AM »

I bought these materials yesterday i hope of making myself one of those AWESOME painted shoes:

  • white shoes with laces from Walmart
  • paint brushes from Dollarama
  • brown and ivory white acrylic paint
  • masking tape --from home

and here are a list of other craftster's painted shoes, which are good models of the kind of shoes I'd like to paint...


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31421.0 -red polka dots


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9379.0 - pink and green


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35440.0 - argyle


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45568.0 - argyle2

The first two were said to be made from just acrylic paint, and the last two were painted with fabric paint.  I don't want to buy and use a sealer type thing because then the total cost of the project would be same as normal shoes.  Would just and ONLY acrylic paint be durable enough? and would fabric paint have been a better choice? 

I'd like feedback asap because I can't wait to get starting on my shoes.. thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005 06:43:34 PM »

did you ever think of a textile medium? that might work, you mix it in with acrylic. i got it for $2.50 at the craft store.
is that what you mean by sealer?

hope that helped.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2005 07:52:32 PM »

sorry to sound dumb, but what is a textile medium??  (i did already start painting mine with acrylic, but just incase i decide to make another one!)
and by "sealer" i guess even i didn't even really know what i was talking about either, but i read a post where someone said they sprayed theirs with something to protect it..
anyway, thanks for the reply!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2005 07:54:01 AM »

textile medium is usually found with the acrylic paint (they also have glass medium, etc).  you mix it with the acrylic paint, and i think the goal is to make the acrylic paint more durable and more likely to bond with the fabric well- basically, you're turning your regular acrylic paint into fabric paint.  i think if you did use it, you probably wouldn't need to worry about sealing your shoe after painting it. 

i've painted my shoes with regular acrylic paint, and i haven't had a problem.  i had a friend that did the same thing, and hers eventually needed to be repainted after getting wet.  i think if you used the fabric medium, you'd be less likely to have any water "damage".
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2005 07:55:48 AM »

I think fabric paint is the most durable paint.. ever. I painted my shoe with it and I tried to scrape it off. no luck!
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2005 07:59:11 AM »

oh yeah... in case anyone had some non-canvas shoes they wanted to paint... i used acryclic and painted on some leatherish shoes once, and THAT didn't work.  it kind flaked and cracked.  i didn't use fabric medium... so maybe if i'd used that or fabric paint it would have worked better, because acrylic isn't so good when it comes to being flexible.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2005 08:03:43 AM »

thanks so much for all the replies! it definitely helped and i'm DEFINITELY using either fabric paint or textile medium the next time i'm painting my shoes..  Cheesy


 i had a friend that did the same thing, and hers eventually needed to be repainted after getting wet. 


because, yikes, i wouldn't want to have to REPAINT MY SHOES! Shocked that would be a total pain in the neck!
thanks so much!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2005 09:37:24 PM »

 Smiley just wanted to say that i just recently started using a textile medium with acrylics for fabric and the results are impressive. tha paint remains flexible, and you only have to heat set for like 20 secs! i am finding this is a good investment for beginners who want to do thier own screening.
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2005 06:25:34 PM »

Smiley just wanted to say that i just recently started using a textile medium with acrylics for fabric and the results are impressive. tha paint remains flexible, and you only have to heat set for like 20 secs! i am finding this is a good investment for beginners who want to do thier own screening.

yes! i'm pretty glad i learned about the "(blank)mediums" 
thanks for the tip on paint on clothing! i've always been wanting to do something like that..

oh and btw i did paint my shoes (with just acrylic because i didn't know any better) and posted a while ago.. here's the link:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50413.0
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2006 12:52:18 PM »

yeah im curious about what smarmyclothes said too.. what about a leather/pleather type of shoe?
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