Thursday, June 27, 2013

Comic Book Decoupage Shoes DIY

This is one of my favorite projects ever. I’ve always been into mixed media art and collaging, but usually work with boards or canvas. I got the idea from Pinterest to decoupage a pair of platform heels and I am in LOVE with them. You can totally do these yourself – the “how to” is the easy part, having to cover two whole shoes is the time consuming part! I took a comic book, cut the parts I wanted to use into tiny pieces using a razor blade, and used Mod Podge to apply them to the shoe. It took me a few weeks to complete them – I worked on them for a few hours here and there when I had time - it was well worth the labor.

 I used a Spiderman comic for this project – he is Greg’s favorite superhero and happened to be red like my shoes. Match made in heaven. Greg suggested I do a Good and an Evil shoe which I thought was an awesome idea. I did one shoe that was mostly Spiderman themed, and the other that was Doctor Octopus, Spiderman’s nemesis. Let’s begin, here’s what you’ll need:

-Comic book
-Something to cut with – razor blade, x acto knife or scissors
-Mod Podge (original)
-A pair of old shoes (or buy a cheap pair)
-Paper towels

OK you ready? Let’s go…

1. Flip through the comic book to get inspiration for your shoes. Are you going for a certain color scheme? Do any words or images jump out at you? Start cutting out and collecting images.

2. Once you’ve collected enough material to work with, cut the images into smaller pieces. For large images, cut them into long strips. The reason for this, is large images tend to crease or bubble. By cutting a large image into a few smaller parts, it will bend and adhere better to the curves of the shoe.

3. Take your paintbrush and use Mod Podge on an area of the shoe. Place the comic book image onto the Mod Podged area. Paint over the image with Mod Podge to seal it into place. That’s all there is to it guys! Just do this step about oh, 1,000 more times ha! Try to overlap the images – you want to cover as much of the shoe as possible.

4. Repeat step 3 until the entire shoe is covered. Remember to keep painting over the image with Mod Podge so it stays in place. The Mod Podge will dry clear. If you accidentally apply to much Mod Podge, don’t worry – just wipe off excess with a paper towel before it dries.

5. When both shoes are covered, paint them all over with Mod Podge and let sit over night. The photos I’ve taken have about 3 layers of Mod Podge on them, I think I might do one more. If you plan on wearing them (and WHY wouldn’t you?!) you might want to buy an acrylic sealant to finish them off so they don’t get damaged. I am considering this as well.

Here are more photos from different angles! I put some tips and tricks at the bottom also. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

-When painting over an applied image with Mod Podge, make sure you can actually see the image. If the Mod Podge looks milky or too thick, wipe some off with a paper towel.

-You certainly don’t need to have all of your images cut out in the beginning. Just enough to get you started. When I got tired of gluing, I would sit back and flip through the comic book to find more images to cut up.

-I used a razor blade instead of scissors for this project. It might have been more time consuming, but when cutting out intricate or small images, scissors sometimes don’t get the job done. An x acto knife would work too.

-I didn’t want any part of my actual shoe showing. I cut out some background images and cut them into small pieces. If there was a little bit of the shoe peaking out, I put a small piece on top to cover it. The overlap effect is what makes these look textured and cool!

-If you don’t like how a certain part of the shoe turns out, just layer right over it with other images! -I chose not to decoupage the heels or the platforms on my shoes – this part is totally up to you!

Thanks for reading!

Canvas Photo Transfers DIY

So my first post in a while won’t be a makeup related one, but I think you guys might enjoy it! I’ve been consumed with wedding planning lately – only a few more months to go – so blogging has unfortunately taken a backseat for now. We also moved to a new apartment and love it! So lots going on. Here is what I’ve been spending some of my precious time on.

I’ve got back on the art wagon, and I’m so glad I did. There is nothing like coming home, having a glass of whiskey or wine, and getting to work on something creative. Here is a how to on Canvas Photo Transfers. You can do so much with these! The idea is – you take a photo you like, and using photo transfer medium you essentially rub the imagine onto another surface. Takes some patience, I won’t lie, but I think it’s worth it. I used mini canvases, but this also works with wood, fabric, clay, and so much more. The result looks kind of antiquey and worn, I love them! My inspiration behind this project, was to make an art piece for our new apartment. All of these images were places my fiancĂ© and I visited together (I did 8 altogether)! Here is what you’ll need, all available at Michael’s:

-Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
-Scissors or Razor

1.Print the photo/photos you’d like to transfer on an inkjet printer on normal paper. Regular photographs or photos printed on photo paper won’t work.

2.Trace the image and cut to fit it on the canvas. I always use a razor blade but you can use an x acto knife or scissors.

3.Paint a thick coat of Photo Transfer Medium onto the actual image. Make sure you cover the whole thing!

4.Carefully place the image face down onto the canvas. Smooth out any bumps, and remove excess Mod Podge from the edges with a paper towel.

5.Repeat if you are doing more than one transfer.

6.Let sit over night – that’s when the magic happens =)

7.Using a damp sponge, carefully rub the paper off the canvas to reveal the transferred image. This part is a bit tricky. Be careful not to rub too hard, or the transfer will be removed from the canvas. I found a good process for myself – wet the whole image with the sponge and rub paper off in little circles. Remove the remainder of the paper by using your fingertips in little circles. This is a bit time consuming and messy, I put paper towels down so I didn’t have bits of paper everywhere.

8.Your beautiful image has been transferred! You might find that the next day, your image is a little foggy with some excess paper. I repeated step 7 the next day to make sure all the paper was removed. Not nearly as time consuming, the fogginess seemed to reappear only at the edges. Same thing here, be careful not to rub to hard. As you can see, many of my images have cracks around the edges. That’s OK though – I think it gives it character! You can expect to have little imperfections, but that’s what makes them cool. If you wanted a perfect image, just hang a regular photograph right?

9.You have the option of sealing the image with Mod Podge to give it a shiny finish. I didn’t seal mine, I like the worn look, but it’s of course up to you.

10.Have fun! Experiment with different canvases or materials of your choice. I used 4 white and 4 black canvases for a different effect. I’m trying to figure out if I want to mount these little guys onto a bigger canvas, or just hang them on the wall individually. Side note: I didn’t use any photo filters on these images – I wanted you guys to see what they actually looked like =) Hope you guys enjoyed!

#1 - Viva Las Vegas. Taking a walk on the strip

#2 - Beautiful tree outside of my old apartment building

#3 - Whale watching in Cape Cod! Such a cool experience

#4 - The marina outside of our engagement dinner

#5 - Vegas fountains

#6- Wine country in Long Island. Greg took this photo of me!

#7- Disney World - Epcot Center. Favorite Disney park hands down!

#8 - The beautiful Manhattan skyline on Blvd East in West New York

All together now! Capturing my glass of whiskey was completely unintentional HA