Me? Boot painting .... since I'm leaving in a week, heading to the heartland and the big Na-Da farm event .... I thought I should get out my pile of cowgirl boots and get busy!!
This photo is from Texas last fall ... getting ready for the Junk Gypsy's prom night ... girl's night out!
So ... today I'll be painting more gypsy boots to take to the Na-Da sale and adding some finishing touches to mine to wear to the Boho ball Friday night !!
Would you like to fancy up your heels for the ball? ... here's a simple tutorial for the method I use to paint mine ...
Gather these supplies:
Acrylic craft paints
Water, paper towel, paint pallet
Fine grit sand paper
1.) Find the perfect pair of boots at a reasonable price. I’m still experimenting with ones I find at my local thrift stores. Keep in mind that you will be able to paint over minor scrapes and flaws. I would rather make a mistake or two on Italian leather I’ve paid $8.50 for and not $850 for! Once you have a few under your belt, then you can move up to a more expensive pair.
2.) Prepare your leather by rubbing the finish with cotton balls soaked in acetone. This is only necessary on the area that will receive paint and is done best outside or in a very well ventilated room. This step is crucial if your boots have a high polish on them. Continue rubbing with acetone until dull. I have also chosen boots that don’t have any finish left on them … then you can skip this step.
3.) Use extra fine sand paper and gently rough up the surface you wish to paint. Again, this is only necessary on the area that will receive paint … no need to sand the entire boot if you will not paint it.
4.) Think a bit about your design … if you want. I’m a freehand girl, so I usually just “go for it”. However, if you’re more of the planning type, sketch out your idea. When designing what you will paint on your boot be careful to notice where your boots naturally flex, your paint will eventually wear and crack quicker at these stress points than others … so plan accordingly.
5.) Now you are ready to paint! If your boots are very dark in color you may want to begin with a priming layer of white. This will help your colors pop better and not soak into the leather as much. Make sure you let the paint dry completely. Now is also the time to use a pencil to draw your design on your boot, if you’re not going to paint freehand. Start painting and creating!
6.) It’s important to let your paint dry completely in between coats and it’s always best to build up light layers of paint rather than thick gloppy ones … take your time and have patience for best results. You can also flex the boot several times in between coats of paint; this will help work the paint into the creases and give longer life to your paint job.
7.) When you are completely satisfied with your boots you can seal them with clear sealer in a finish of your choice, my preference is matte. I like to put up to three coats of sealer on my boots, letting each one dry completely in the sun in between coats.