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From: Ragz2Bagz
Date: 07-24-2006, 03:55 PM (1 of 4)
:nc: Good Afternoon Everyone,
I was interested in painting on some canvas and leather shoes for my daughter and didn't know where to start. Has anyone ever done this before and what are the steps to prepare the shoes for painting and how do I protect what I have painted on them? What types of paint work better, should I use fabric pens, etc. All your suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
Thanks so much!!!
User: Ragz2Bagz
Member since: 07-10-2006
Total posts: 5
From: Patty22
Date: 07-24-2006, 04:28 PM (2 of 4)
This isn't expert advice, but.......

My kids and I took a cheap craft paint (some kind of acrylic that was permanent) and decorated my husband's leather dress shoes. We were demanding that he give up the old clod hoppers and buy some new shoes (and I wasn't going to take them to get resoled AGAIN).

Surprisingly the paint held on really well. :shock:

It was easier to just to hide them in the trash and take them to the dump than to go to all the trouble I did. However, I learned that leather shoes can be painted :cool:

As I warned from the beginning....this wasn't expert advice.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: Sancin
Date: 07-24-2006, 07:06 PM (3 of 4)
I did this about 10 years ago and also painted a canvas Tilley(copy cat) hat that I still wear. I can't recall the names of the paints - one called dylon rings a bell. Essentially I did nothing to prepare the canvas. I used canvas boat shoes. I may have washed the shoes first to take out any sizing. Most craft stores and 5+dime/dollar stores at that time, and I believe still do, carry fabric paint tubes or bottles of paint with pointed opening. I think I saw some at WalMart not long ago. There are quite an array of paints and what you want it to look like will direct what you buy. I was travelling that year and stopped in craft stores everywhere I went and purchased what looked interesting. I never had any of the paints run or even rub or wear off. I did not, however, wash any of the products. I made a pair for my mother that had glitter in the paint. She wore them for many years and in the end I noticed some of the glitter had rubber off. Most of my painting was free hand and I am not a particularly good artist. If I was doing it today I may draw my design on with one of those marking pens that disappear after x hours. There is no way to correct your errors - I had some pretty unusual swirls on some shoes.

The types of paint tubes available were/are
*ones that sunk into the fabric as any dye would (I actually liked these best but test first as some colours seem to be a bit dull when applied and dried).They were the longest to dry.
* some that sat on top of the fabric like a little bubble. I didn't care for these, but I think childrem may. The colours varied and there were neon ones available. These dried out and plugged very quickly
* glitter pens
* others which I forget now - I still have a box of the paints tubes and little bottles somewhere in the house but I am more into using procion dyes for immersion and painting, not that I ever find the time to do all that I want.

When you find some read the instructions carefully as to what they can be applied on. Some are quite dull and pale on sythetics. Some seem to be usable for every purpose under the sun and usually aren't. Some state just for fabric (rarerer). I found that stores tended to carry only one or two lines making it necessary to read instructions and be prepared to go to another store. Definitely test first and wait until dry. Not all paints looked well together - eg. the dyes that sunk in did not look good with the ones that sat on the top like a bubble and the glitter ones don't suit others.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: Ragz2Bagz
Date: 07-25-2006, 04:46 PM (4 of 4)
:up: Thanks so much for both of your ideas. I definitely will go and check out different types of paints for my daughter's shoes. I really appreciate your feedback and suggestions! Wish me luck in my journey!! If there is anyone else who has experience with this type of craft, please respond to the thread. Have a great day!!
User: Ragz2Bagz
Member since: 07-10-2006
Total posts: 5
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