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Decoupaged Shoes?

Has anyone ever decoupaged ballet flats or otherwise?

I saw THIS cool article on decoupaging shoes with comics, and I wondered if they crack, peel, have issues with water, etc...

If anyone has ever done it- or has any tips, tricks, comments, please share. I'm a total novice and I'd love some info.



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Nov. 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Pinterest has a TON of tutorials on this.
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
That's where I originally got the tutorial, I was just hoping someone here actually did it. Most of the comments I read involved people intending to do this and few who actually had and could provide concrete 'help' for a noob. :-)
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry. That's what I get for not following your link! I kinda wanna try this on a pair of my flats, and I am on vacation the week of Turkey Day, so plan to do it then. I promise to post how it goes. Especially if it is an epic failure.
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
No prob. :-) I just posted the direct link to the tute.

Well definitely share your experience and expertise if you give this a try! Good luck!!!
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
I have painted and decoupaged a pair of shoes. There will be some cracking where the shoes naturally crease when you walk, and some peeling the longer the shoes are worn. If you use Mod Podge they last pretty good in the rain unless you get caught in a hurricane related all-day drencher where you have to walk in puddles--but if you make a very good photocopy or scan you can just reglue the art and Mod Podge again, which I've done.

I wrote a blog post about them shortly after I made them, with pictures, here: http://dangerouscraftsforgirls.com/2012/04/08/number-nine-number-nine-project-9/

I did these in early April and wore them until the end of August before I needed to redo them.

Hope that's helpful.
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
You're a champ! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Nov. 11th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
I've done this. Lots.

Stiff paper is harder to work with.

I'd say that you need to consider the base shoe carefully for best effect. The stiffer and less flexible the shoe, the better the results. If you can use a shoe worked in sections, it is less prone to cracking. And if the shoe is smooth, a rub down with sandpaper to get a better key helps prevent peeling. Ballet flats then might be a problem.

If you put a top coat on it'll cope with light rain.
Nov. 12th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)

Is there a particular tutorial you use? Supplies you favor over others? What style shoe do you use?
Nov. 13th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I don't really use a particular tutorial, just dive on in and see what happens

And this is the sort of shoe I do

Nov. 13th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, so a mule/clog type shoe. Makes sense.

Well, I'm a total novice, but I'll give 'er a whirl. ;-)

Nov. 30th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
I just finished a tutorial on my geek crafting blog that you might find helpful - http://www.thegeekforge.org/geek-life/crafting/nerd-decoupage
Nov. 30th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you! This is just wonderful! I love your step by step photos- that is SO helpful.

I have a couple questions if you can answer them. It sounds like you've recently done the shoes, but have you worn them yet? How are they holding up? And, stylistically which kind of shoes would you rec? I've seen a lot of girls either do heels or clogs (stuff that doesn't give too much.)

Thanks so much for sharing!
Dec. 1st, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I've worn two pairs. One pair, the CrossGen strappy sandals, held up extremely well (except when someone stepped on my foot). The loafer-style Deathstroke ones have some cracks in the area where there was already a foot crease. I'm going to experiment with smaller pieces of paper to see if that helps distribute the stress. I think the less flexible the material, the more success you'll have.

Stylistically, I like the simple heels, although I'm experimenting with several different styles if shoe. Also, although not shoes, I've had great success with accessories like hard glasses cases and hinge wallets. I'm currently working on making belt buckles and men's wallets with the intent to sell - http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegeekforge.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. Honestly, this was wicked helpful. <3
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