|My shoe collection before...no comic related shoes :(|
This is my first tutorial so bare with me as I work out the kinks. The type of shoe modding we will first be experimenting with is a simple decoupage technique that you can use with old or new comics, printed out graphics, etc. I highly recommend glossy thin paper if you plan on printing out pages with an ink jet printer. Regular printer paper works (in fact it's what I used for this first shoe,) however, there were some problems with it being a little weak once Mod Podge was applied, it has the potential to tear apart.
I also would like to address the shoes themselves. You can use flats, heels, wedges, or straps (although you should be a skilled decoupager to handle the little intricacies of those) the only requirement is that they be some form of leather, patent, matte or shiny doesn't matter, they just can't be fabric for this particular shoe mod. I chose a matte patent wedge for my first decoupaged shoe experience. It has the most flat space, plenty of room to show the character, and let's face it...they're the most comfortable heel in existence, which is good considering they are for a friend who does a lot of walking and standing at conventions!
Then you need to figure out what you want on the shoe. Since they were for someone that was the easy part. Batgirl. So...grab the comics, (or my case order some cheap ones) and experiment with printed out comic strips while awaiting (not so patiently thanks to hurricane Sandy) the delivery of said comics, and here we go...
Here's what you will need:
A pair of shoes (remember the only requirement is that they can't be fabric!) You can upcycle an old pair, or find a cheap pair on clearance. This particular pair that I am using was on clearance at Kohl's for 11 US dollars.
Comics or printed out patterns
Mod Podge (Glossy)
Painters tape (optional)
Some spray cleaner such as Fantastic (whatever you use to clean your kitchen or bathroom)
LOTS of patience. If you don't have it? You're screwed.
|The wedge shoes selected for the project (hideously pink)|
I highly recommend as your first step to map out a game plan. I wanted to do a layered comic strip look with larger characters overlapping. So figure out what images you want to be out-standing or over lapping, cut around them carefully, and set them aside. Next you want to cut out your back ground images, lay them around each other, switch them around until you are happy with how the mix looks. I skipped over this step on the first shoe so there are parts that have too many dark blocks together, etc. It will make the shoe look much better in the end.
Next you are going to take the shoe you chose, and clean it with the kitchen cleaner of your choosing and let it dry. Stuff the shoe with tissue or paper towels to ensure no drips of mod podge getting onto the shoe. In the picture below you will also notice I have the stick in it to keep the form of your shoe. You don't really need to do that, the shoe doesn't get that wet, but I am a stickler for detail.
|nice clean shoe...|
If you want any parts of the shoe to remain bare (the leather or patent to show through) tape them off right now so you don't get any smudges or goop on them. You will coat them in clear gloss later.
|I mapped out the lines with a pencil to give myself guidelines|
Once you figure out how to lay that piece, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint it onto that section of the shoe. Don't glob it on, and likewise don't use too little...you want enough to make it stick (see the picture to the right), once you do that, place the image onto the sticky shoe and smooth it with your brush (this means mod podge will be on the back and front covering the image completely.)
|I apologize for the different shoe! You couldn't see the mod podge in the pic of the bright pink shoe & I wanted to get a good picture so you could see how much to use!|
Once you have your background images on the shoe you'll want to repeat the process to put the showstopping images on, for this shoe it was the big Batgirl images. Make sure to coat the edges well to ensure they don't stick up.
|Another part that's difficult is the top curve, you don't want jagged edges around it, so curve the paper and put mod podge on the rim!|
|be sure to tuck in the edges and creases!|
Let the shoe completely dry.
|Completely dry. See what I mean? I didn't lay out the back ground images to ensure that no one color would all be grouped together. Batgirl would have stood out more if it wasn't for all that black around her.|
Here would be the part where you could, if you wish, super glue on rhinestones, put on some spikes (I will try to do a tutorial on that at a later date) or add any embellishments, personal doodles, etc. Since I didn't want to add any to this shoe, I skipped ahead to:
The gloss coat. There were so many ways to go about this final step to your new shoes. You could do 2-3 layers of glossy Mod Podge, letting dry each layer at a time. You could use polyurethane which would make them water proof ( I recommend it....you don't want to fall in love with your shoes and see them destroyed after all that work,) or you could get a spray gloss top coat and spray it 2-3 times, letting it dry each time in between. And Tadaa! Your new shoes are fabulous and ready to tromp around your comic shop!
I'd appreciate to hear your comments so I can make my next tutorial even better! See you guys later!!!!