Do you love leopard as much as I do? Leopard is my POWER pattern! I feel very powerful and confident when I am in leopard, so that was of course my inspiration for these shoes.
I purchased these little red beauties for a whole $2 from my local Facebook yard sale page.
#1- The first step to creating this was to rub my shoes down with pure ACETONE. NOT fingernail polish remover. With a cotton rag, rub and rub to see if you can get the glossy finish off (sometimes it all comes off and sometimes you just can't get it off). *please use rubber or latex gloves during this process and do it outside where it is ventilated.
#2- The second step is to get your colors figured out. I use Angelus leather paints that have to be ordered online. The base color I chose to be Mustard and the spots are Cognac.
My original plan was to just stop at this point, but as you can see, it was a bit bright and animated for my taste and I desperately needed to find a way that I could tone down the look. Now, with part of my background being in mural painting and wall staining, I took some techniques from that and created an over color that would tone down the yellow and make it look aged. Here is what I did. In an old plastic bowl, I dabbed a little bit of the dark brown paint and a pinch of water. I took a cotton rag and dabbed it both in the brown paint and water and created a wash out of it. I swirled that all around the the shoes and created some spots darker and some lighter so get the aged/worn affect I wanted.