First up in my two-shoe decorating series: my Astorias.
Now in their defense they are imperfects, I’m a sloppy dyer, and I had black dye on my hands that I hadn’t bothered to wash off. But hot pink? Really?
So at this point my options were
- Over dye
I decided it was safer to go with paint.
Off I went to American Duchess again and bought Angelus acrylic leather paint in “pink” and “champagne”. The goal was to try and get a slightly brown based pink. I didn’t want it too pink or too tan. Apparently that’s not easy to do.
I mixed up a batch of what ended up being too brown and too watery paint and did the first coat. When I painted it on it looked like I was going to end up with nude shoes. It didn’t look pink at all.
By some miracle at the hands of the costuming gods after two coats I ended up with:
I love them! The paint was thin enough that the hot pink shines through. You can see the champagne paint but it almost looks like a trick of the eye. I’m not sure if I’m going to end up putting the trim on or not. I rather like them the way they are and the trim detracts from the color.
Now I just need a shiny new Edwardian gown to wear with them.
~Complete side note: I’d like to try this accident with black dye and gold paint someday. I’m thinking that VERY thinned out gold paint would give it a shimmery gilded look?