Cosplay Tutorial 001 – Painting Boots and Shoes

Cosplay Tutorial 001 – Painting Boots and Shoes


Hello there! I’m Zorra from Zorra Cosplay
and Blue Fox Films! Today I’m going to be giving you guys a tutorial on how I personally
paint shoes and boots for cosplays. Actually I discovered this lovely Cosplay hack from
a tutorial online, which I will link to you. Um, so if you wanna click on one of the links
below that will actually lead you straight to that lovely cosplay hack.
So, today I’m going to be giving you a tutorial but I’m going to use these boots as an example.
These boots I’ve had for years; they’re nice, they’re pleather-ish fake leather boots, um
they’re actually really nifty. I used them all the time for like the longest time until
i murdered their soles (Souls) – Literally, Ha Ha. *RimShot sfx* So in anycase, because
I murdered them so much, I am actually going to use this as an example of how I paint my
boots. Um, the other equipment that I use: Isopropyl or AKA, rubbing alcohol. I get 70%
because 91% is way too strong; it burns your nose, and you don’t really want that in your
house. Also you’re gonna want a really really dirty or a really really old rag. This is
so then you can actually use this for your rubbing alcohol so you don’t destroy any of
your towels or your nice – like – equipment. So I use those too. These are actually relatively
cheap – I get this giant bottle for like 2 bucks at Walmart and I also got this rag for
like a dollar and a half at Walmart. It’s really cheap – you really don’t have to spend
all that much, I’m pretty sure you guys can find this stuff that’s cheaper elsewhere that’s
probably the same quality. I also use painter’s tape so I can lock off where I do and do not
want to paint on my boot which is really going to be awesome. Now the paint is the most important
part. A lot of people use the acrylic spray paint – so the really nice painting spray
paints that people use on houses and woodwork and stuff like that. I don’t use that paint.
I use Design Master Colortool paints. This is really nifty stuff. A lot of florists and
people who design with flowers and also other people who paint will know that this is actually
a multi-purpose paint. A lot of florists will know this as floral paint. I actually knew
this as floral paint prior to using them for painting my boots. But they are really nice
– they don’t run as much – they still run but when they dry the run isn’t as noticeable.
Two: they actually keep the texture of the boot which is really really nice. So if your
boot is like ribbed or if it’s got a really cool leathery snakeskin-y almost kind of design,
it actually keeps that design. So if you like a boot that you found where you go “oh my
god I love that boot” you don’t have to worry about it as much – losing that really cool
textural element – its still gonna be there. Allright so let’s get started. So the general
use of Painter’s tape should be self explanatory: You tape over the parts of the boot or shoe
that you don’t want covered in paint. Couple things to note. First off, make sure
that you’re covering the sole of the shoe. This is important for two reasons: One – so
the shoe doesn’t look tacky, you want the paint job to look as professional as possible.
Don’t forget to include the inside of the heel if you’ve got a heel on the sole of the
shoe. Second thing: If you plan to paint your shoe
two colors, it’s pretty simple; when your first run of paint is finally dry, you can
easily rip off the tape, cover up the newly painted parts and other sections you don’t
want painted, and then just paint in those sections instead.
Third – Make sure that you’re putting the tape on as flat as possible; wrinkles in the
tape will have the possibility of paint getting underneath the tape and preventing you from
having a great paint job. Don’t forget to add tape to the top inside of your boot
or shoe. Now, this step can be done before or after
the painters tape application. You take the rag I mentioned and you use that to rub the
alcohol on your boot or shoe. It might seem odd but it’s necessary for two important reasons:
First – it’s used to clean the boot: It’s IMPERATIVE that the boot is clean, Otherwise,
uneven paint jobs, dirt falling off and getting holes in your paint will mar a potentially
wonderful color on your boot. The second reason why you do this is for the
paint to be taken in by the shoe. You’re basically removing the varnish or the top paint coat
off the boot so the paint can be absorbed and taken in by the shoe – allowing it to
not only have an even coat all over – but also for the color to last longer on your
boot – which means saving money in the long run as your boot or shoe can handle more cosplay
runs and cons. The last step and the most fun!
Before you start the painting process, again, make SURE that you cover the top inner lining
of the boot with painter’s tape so then the paint won’t rub off on you or your potential
cosplay. Also stuff your shoe with newspaper – this will get out all the creases in the
boot, thus ensuring a crease-less paint job. Now, when you apply your paint always start
from Top to Bottom. Spray a little farther away than I do here (about 8-10 inches) to
make sure that’s the application of paint is evenly sprayed on.
If you have a zipper on your shoe or boot, make sure that your zipper is actually closed
shut or zipped shut. As you can see in the video, I’m continuously
painting from top to bottom, I never paint from bottom to top. This is to prevent the
paint from running. After applying the first or second layer onto
your boot, do not forget to get the underside of your boot, including the crevice underneath
the arch. As you can clearly see – the actual design
of the boot – including the linings – are still quite visible with multiple layers of
paint. So as you can see this lovely boot is dry
– I’m waiting for the other one to finish drying. This one is practically almost done
drying and it doesn’t take very long to dry – it take about 20 minutes and that’s the
benefit of this stuff. I really love it because it dries really really fast. And you can continuously
add more layers and it’ll still be the same thing (Color) – it’s like a “Copic marker”,
but in paint format Because the color will always be the same once you get that first
layer on – boom, you’re gonna have the constant same color presence. As you can see, I removed
all the painter’s tape so you see there’s no actual mark and if there IS – like there’s
a couple spots where it sorta creeped in – you can always use the isopropyl alcohol to just
rub it out and it comes out with ease which is really really nice and I love that about
this stuff. The other thing about this stuff is the zipper. I’ve noticed with a lot of
acrylic spray paints – the zipper you have to actually not spray because it won’t zip
and unzip if you do because it’s so sticky. And that’s the best thing I love about this
stuff – you don’t actually have to worry about spraying over it – I probably sprayed over
the zippers like 4 or 5 times while spray painting it and the zipper works just fine
– you don’t have to worry about it. I forgot to mention: the average price of this stuff
– you can actually get at JoAnne Fabrics or Lowe’s or Michael’s – I get this from JoAnne
Fabrics for about 8 bucks a can. Which is not that bad. As I said before I will be posting
the link to the original tutorial below – thank you to whomever posted that, I do credit your
work and you are so amazing. Thank you so very much for posting it and creating this
life hack for me. So thank you for watching this tutorial. Again, my name is Zorra from
Zorra Cosplay and Blue Fox Films. And if you liked this tutorial and you wanna see more
or if you wanna see some movie trailer react videos don’t hesitate to like and subscribe
below. Thank you guys and have a great day!

31 Replies to “Cosplay Tutorial 001 – Painting Boots and Shoes”

  1. What if you want to spray paint the boot a different color after you use it once – will the color change or do you have to remove all the old paint first then re-spay in the new color?

  2. AAAAA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS YOU BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!! Making actual bootcovers looked like such a pain in the rump, and this helped a lot for my cosplay!! (I'll be cosplaying Jenny/XJ-9 from the old Nicktoon show My Life As A Teenage Robot) If you don't mind telling me, what color was the spray you used?

  3. im going to attempt to paint black faux suede boots white, i havent been able to find anything online about going from black to white, let alone on faux suede. I think this may work though. Thoughts??

  4. Coming form 10 years with a leather repair shop that was mostly mundane but I did some work on costumes for the theater. cosplay, renfairs and such

    For a real leather shoe or boot I'd recommend a pre canned spray leather dye like Meltonian brand "Nu Life" or Brillo. Also depending on if the leather is a "Closed cell surface" you do want to use Acetone to break the surface of the outer coating.

    Leather Spay Dye comes in 30 to 50 colors and is available on line and at most stores that sell leather craft supplies. Some shoe repair shops sell it in the small cans and you can ask them what supply store they use as they may be obscure and listed as a Shoe and saddlery supply store

    The flower spray paint was originally for blank Vinyl flowers so should work well with Vinyl and Pleather shoes and boots, but again depending on the type of dye you use and the coating on the shoe you may want to break the surface with acetone.

    I'd recommend getting some under $5 thrift store shoes to practice on and never try to do a complete coat in one or two sprays it works better in 3 or 4 light dusting from at least 10 inches away

  5. you have an awesome personality. I was looking for a different diy but stumbled on your video. Everything looked cool.

  6. would this work on gloves? I'm having trouble finding the right color gloves, and I found a pair that's the right shape and design just not the right color (they are leather)

  7. hello will this work on Suede timberlands or air force 1s without cracking or flacking and if do is there some type of gloss clear spray u can use to prevent it nice video btw

  8. I got a pair of black Oxford style 50’s heels from the thrift store today and I really wanted to paint a portion of them white thank you so much for this!

  9. Do you know if this work on a soft pleather corset-style top? Like is there any cracking with movement/creasing of the material? It seems like a much better option than regular spray paint or some watered down acrylic. If not, do you have any suggestions for something like that?

  10. Thank you so much!! I'm going to try this for my todoroki cosplay since I cant find any white plain boots so again, thank you!

  11. Oh my gosh!! thank you so much for sharing this! I’m turning talk brown boots into my black boots for my Iden Versio costume and so far I’m loving the results! I’m only one coat into it but it’s coming out pretty awesome so far 🙂

    Question, did you have any issues with the nozzle of the spray can gathering a bunch of paint and pouring out?

  12. Thank you for this! I was wondering if there's any way to use different coloured paints to make a gradient effect? I want to make gold boots and have the darker at the top and gradually get lighter as you go down.

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