Happy Free Comic Book Day!

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Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays (next to Halloween and April Fools Day), Free Comic Book Day!  Wait, what is this and why haven’t you participated?

So you participate in Free Comic Book Day and you read your comics, but now you want to do something cool and crafty with them.  I am here to help!  Here are some cool tutorials you can use for those Comic Books.

Comic Panel Alphabet

Comic Book Sneakers

Comic Book Canvas

Comic Book Clock

So get out there tomorrow and visit some Comic Book Stores!

-Toni


DIY Cosplay Boots

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Much like con season, Cosplay season is in full swing and I wanted to share some simple info I found that could help change your daunting footwear tasks. Instead of shopping for the right boots and dumping tons of money on something you’ll not wear more than a few times, why not make your boots?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on this free deviantart Doll Boot pattern, tumble user pitoftharkun created their own boots by scaling it up to size and using craft foam for the sides and a cheap $5 rubber mat to make the soles. The end result looks pretty great, imho.

The fabric used was a micro suede of some kind, but I imagine a faux leather would work just as well. You will need to be somewhat experienced in sewing (and ideally have a sewing machine) but anything that saves me hours of shopping and stress is always a win in my book. 🙂

~Nicole


Remake your Shoes Anew!

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Hey there Thursday crafters!

 

I have an idea for you for either refreshing shoes that you already own or decorating a new pair to better suit your amazing personality.  This is a project that is good for any kind of shoe with a stiff, smooth exterior – so it works quite well with heels and with hard shelled flats. This is a tutorial from PSHeart that is fairly simple (although a little time consuming) to do, but the result is super awesome and can be done for a lot less than what it would cost to find shoes painted or made with this type of fabric.

You really will only need some of your favourite comic books, some Mod Podge, some scissors, a glue brush and a pair of hard shelled shoes. It’s recommended that you use a shoe that isn’t flexible so that you don’t get cracks in your work from movement.

Your first step is to cut out your favourite scenes from your comic book – making sure that you don’t cut pieces that are bigger than a couple of inches so that everything can be attached without folding – and be ready with your Mod Podge and brush.

You will need to put a layer of mod podge on the back side of the clipping that needs to be glued down, and press it down onto the shoe so it is smooth. Either trim the edges or fold them over the shoe so they’re not sticking up, and then brush your mod podge over the outside of the pasted comic/shoe.  Continue this process until your shoes are covered, and then let them dry.

Once your work is dry, you will need to do a couple more coats of the glue, letting the shoes dry between each application. You may want to consider getting glittery Mod Podge for your exterior coats, and to waterproof your shoes a little better, I would even recommend spraying them with a sealant to make sure that your work won’t be ruined by moisture. If you’re going to do this, I would stuff the inside of your shoe with paper, to keep the spray from getting on the inside.

Another tutorial from Wedding Bee.

If you’re feeling really ambitious and have extra bows, stones, glitter, words or flowers that you want to glue on, then you can do that at the ery end. And voila! You’re done and have these super cool, personalized shoes.

Happy crafting!

 

~Megan


Leather, Leather Everywhere….

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Hey there Thursday readers!

For those of you who have dreamed of having a custom made leather something, well, your dreams can be made into a reality! I’d like to introduce The Leather Lair.  This company, based out of Pennsylvania, USA, specializes in custom leather work made by Suzanne.   She makes original designs that have an American Indian style with a Medieval-Fantasy twist.

Even though there are a number of off the rack pieces, each of those pieces are their own unique item. Each item is hand crafted.  I cannot stress how important this is. Hand crafted means that there’s an innate uniqueness that you can’t find in factory produced merchandise and it gives life and character to the garment.  She prides herself on this uniqueness letting her garments choose their owners, rather than the other way around.

Her pieces have a huge range from jackets (seen above in Batman on these dashing bekilted men) of the nerdy variety to those that are reminiscent of a lab coats and steam She also makes many beautiful bodices and tops for ladies where her inspiration can range from the woodland pixies to a badass steampunk fighter.  Whatever piece catches your eye, you will easily be able to see the care that goes into the workmanship and design.

Make sure to check out the facebook page here for a lot of pictures to peruse and enjoy. Not only does The Leather Lair do clothing for pixies and pirates alike, but they do so much more.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vest, some boots, some cuffs or something else that you never thought you’d be able to find, The Leather Lair fully welcomes custom work so don’t be shy about sending an email to ask about that thing you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Some leather wings, perfect to accent… well… anything.

Make sure you keep an eye on their event’s page for conventions and other events that they will be vevnding at, though you can order online through their website.  From someone who makes a lot of custom work, don’t be afraid to send a personal email if you don’t see a picture of something you would like.  Artisans like this can often do so much more than they’re able to showcase on their website and can often work with your imagination to make something you will love.  Just make sure to share any time constraints as custom work does tend to take a little longer.

It may take a little extra time…. but just look at the jaw dropping results.

 

Enjoy!

 

~Megan

 

 


Made for More than Walking

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A medium I’ve always wanted to dabble in but never seem to find the time are painted canvas shoes.

Ghibli Converse by De-Last-Survivor

Canvas is already the preferred medium for oil and acrylic painting, so many of the techniques learned on an easel can be easily applied here as well. The main difference of course being that these art projects aren’t going to be hanging up on your house. There’s a real customization in this craft that I just love as you’re not limited to the bleached white backgrounds of standard art store products and classrooms. The color results from changing just that one detail can be astounding.

The great things about this kind of project too is that, not only will you have something useful in the end, it’s a fairly inexpensive thing to do about now with back to school and end of summer sales typically having markdowns on canvas shoes in department stores everywhere! 😀 So if these pictures have inspired you to get started on your own pair there are a few great tutorials on how to make your own here, here and here.

Happy Painting! ^_^

~Nicole


Painted slippers

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Hello all!

Today you’ll see an array of creative shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes? and these shoes are awesomely geeky. They are made by Heather Boykin of WhiskyFoxtrot on etsy. I stumbled across her shoes one day while looking for Doctor Who items, ever since then I’ve wanted to acquire a pair of her 10th Doctor shoes.

These Hobbit shoes are amazing!!

The Hobbit book cover handpainted shoes

For the Game of Thrones fans out there

Game of Thrones house sigil shoes

Heather is excellent at capturing the detail of the pop culture subjects she chooses to paint. The shoes she makes are custom made, considering the fact that you’d need to order a specific size. I love the unique quality of her hand painted shoes, you can’t just get these anywhere. You gotta admit having fun unique pieces to add to your wardrobe that represent your geeky side is awfully fun. Check out the rest of her shoes at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiskyFoxtrot?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav

Dana 🙂

P.s. Donna can also paint beautiful designs on shoes, she painted clownfish on my wedding shoes for me. I’ll have to post a pic of them later.