This wasn’t an original idea. I saw a pic of comicbooked heels floating around and thought “i could so do that.” So…I did.
I also noticed that there wasn’t too much of a tutorial and I thought maybe others would have as many question as I did, so I figured I’d go through my process. I hope this helps!
- Mod Podge
- Another paintbrush for flattening (opt)
- A good playlist, because you’ll be sitting there for a while
First off, I got a pair of pumps at Charlotte Russe for $12.50 on sale. They had some other colors but the only ones in my size were coral and this garish hot pink. Blue was the obvious choice there.
I had a bunch of batfam comics lying around that I knew I wasn’t going to keep. So I discovered that there was at least one thing the New 52 was good for; FASHION.
Cut a bunch of irregular pieces to be accents and a ton of small rectangleish pieces. A ton of rectangleish pieces; trust me you’ll need them. Also cut a few action words out. They look awesome.
Use a paint brush to glue the suckers on with Mod Podge.
A stiff paintbrush is your best bet because it’ll leave less bubbles in the glue, which will make the pieces go on smoother. I also used the rounded end of a brush handle to press the pieces on. Just rub hard from one end of the piece to the other until it is completely flat on the shoe. It’s better than using your fingers because a) the pieces stick to you and b) your fingers miss a lot of air pockets.
Start on the edges…
…then fill in the rest!
Use some of the irregular pieces you have that look like backgrounds or full scenes; stuff that won’t stand out too much.
This is also where your pile of rectangleish pieces will come in. Snip them and glue them however you need to make sure the entire shoe is covered. They’re especially handy on the heel and toe of the shoe since you need very small pieces to put there in order to avoid air bubbles.
It’ll look something like this.
Once your shoe is covered, grab your accent pieces and action words and start sticking them on.
Go crazy, this is the fun part!
When you’ve got everything in place, go over the entire shoe with a thin layer of Mod Podge to completely seal it. Mod Podge dries clear so as long as you don’t cake it on, it’ll work fantastically. This is also your chance to glue down any stray corners you may have missed on certain pieces.
I would say do at least two coats just to be sure. I’m a little anal and did like…five. But the more coats you put the longer they’ll take to dry/set. At minimum, give your heels two days to dry before wearing them.
This artist has been getting a lot of attention on Tumblr lately, but I haven’t seen any love for this piece yet.