Hello everyone, for my first blog post I have decided that I would show you how to make DIY Comic Book Shoes in three simple steps. Around a year ago, I sat down for the day and had some fun creating these babies. I love them so much.
I had seen some beautiful pictures online of various comic heels and thought that I would try it out for myself, this saved me some cash in the process and was a lot of fun!
Things you will need:
- A pair of inexpensive heels.
From what I can remember I ordered these from Barratts for about £10 on the sale. I choose them in a patent texture as I thought they would be more adhesive for the comic strip in comparison to say leather. I am pretty sure that suede also works very well for this purpose.
- Mod Podge
This is a waterbased sealer glue often used to protect acrylic paintings. I choose it in gloss as I wanted the exterior with the comic to match the patent shine on the platform and heel. You can order it for £4 from Hobbycraft or find a seller on eBay.
The ComicsRemember to use comics that aren’t of value to someone else! I would suggest popping into either Forbidden Planet or a local store and selecting your chosen comic. For my shoes I choose the DC’s Batman Arkam Unhinged comics as I love Batman and his poor tortured (and the majority of the villains).
Sharp Scissors or an X-acto KnifeTo cut up the comics.
PaintbrushPlease use a hard paint brush not a soft one, as trying to get glue out of a fluffy artist paint brush would be awful!
In my case this was used to protect my parents tatty 90s green carpet.
Step 1: Selecting the Theme and Features
So step 1 of this fabby process involves choosing the characters you want featured on your shoes, and any feature words and/or speech bubbles. You can use a craft knife, however I choose to used my super sharp hairdressing scissors and snipped away like a boss. Once you have finished cutting out the main features of the shoes you can then go through the comics and cut parts up into little jagged odd pieces. This is going to be the base of the comic print. As you can see I really do love Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy!
Step 2: Glue Glue Glue
This is the part that takes the longest. Use the Mod Podge and the paintbrush to stick to jagged pieces to the shoe. I suggest tackling the edges first so that the finished look will be precise. This is because I decided I would show off the platform and the heel of the shoe, and I wanted a black outline at the top to match. Try to keep the lines straight and avoid overlap onto the platform (scissors or a craft knife can be used to fix any imperfections at the end). Once the edges are complete fill in the gaps with the bigger pieces just like a jigsaw puzzle. The heels will look a little funny at this stage, but this is when the real fun begins – once the Mod Podge has dried a little with the background you can stick on your character and word features!
Step 3: Dry it, Layer it, Dry it, Layer it, Dry it, Wear it!
Once you have finished designing the print, glued it onto the shoes, and are happy they are completely covered, leave to dry for about an hour.
At this point you should coat Mod Podge over the top of the shoes. This is because not only does the Mod Podge work as the glue but it also works as the varnish to finish the look, how super is that? Then leave the shoes to dry overnight. Coat on the second layer in the morning then leave the shoes to dry for the day. Now you have super awesome comic book heels!