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« on: August 02, 2008 05:44:50 PM »

I've been lurking here off and on for awhile, and finally feel I have something worthy of posting Smiley

These were plain black knee high boots I've had for years that I was bored with and hardly ever wore anymore. Unfortunately, I got the urge to paint them at 1:30 am, far too late to go get the materials I needed, so I had to work with what I had. The acrylic paint wouldn't stay on the leather, so I finally painted the images on paper and used Mod Podge to stick them on the boots. Not the best solution, but all I could manage at the time  Roll Eyes

Side and front of boots before:

Front of boots after:

A bluish/lavender Chinese dragon holding a silver and gold yin yang symbol

Back of boots after:

The left boot has the symbol for good fortune, the right boot has the symbol for success

Left boot after:

The phoenix

Right boot after:

Green Chinese dragon

I'm looking for a way to make these more weather-proof, so if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.


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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008 06:19:27 PM »

LDO--use some of that stuff that makes shoes waterproof. it's usually used on hiking boots, so check out your local sporting goods store
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008 07:10:30 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2008 07:29:08 PM »

Very kool, i love the phoenix!!!

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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008 09:12:19 AM »

Update - what I've learned  Embarrassed

I wore the boots last night and made a few discoveries. First, it was probably a mistake to put anything on the toes. High stress area, the yin yang dragons are already starting to come off and the Mod Podge is cracked and looks nasty. Second, painting the back wasn't that great of an idea either, as it's another area that gets a lot of wear. The paint is coming off a little there too. But on the bright side the boots only look bad up close or in brighter lighting. So overall I'm happy with my first attempt and still want to figure out how to make them better.

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