As the more eagle-eyed viewer may have gathered from my avatar or my witterings in various other online establishments, over the last year or so I have developed quite an interest in Cosplay.
After many goes of what is apparently known as “Closet Cosplay” (meaning putting together outfits that are already in your wardrobe or bought off the peg), I have decided to revive my crafty side to make a few alterations to my Guv costume collecton. In Ashes to Ashes, The Guv sports a rather fine pair of snakeskin boots, and although I have a rather smashing pair of boots, they don’t have that wonderful snakeskin pattern… yet.
So now I’m reacquainting myself with acrylic paints and trying out an idea on an old pair of shoes first. Here’s what I’m aiming for:
(image kindly yoinked from Philip Glenister’s Official Website)
So first, I dug out a pair of shoes I no longer wear.
Plain black ballerina pump type shoes in a fairly rigid leather. Then I painted the uppers with a generous layer of sand-coloured acrylic paint.
And then, after failed attempts with other sharp objects, I settled on a large bent paperclip to score in a pattern.
Next step, which I’ll attempt tomorrow, is to coat the surface of the shoe with gloss varnish and see how it holds up. If it’s all okay, then I’m good to go with transforming my boots into the perfect tool for kicking in scum and nonces. Lovely.
Happy with how the shoes had held out I had a go with the boots. Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite according to plan. When damp, the paint was impossible to score a pattern in and when dry, the paint just crumbled, cracked and came off. Result? One paint-stained and frankly ruined boot. I’m disappointed insomuch as I wanted to have something handmade (or at least hand-altered) to show off at the next convention, but relieved that I have an excuse not to take the damn things with me. They take up a lot of space in the case, and hurt like merry hell.