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The story of Ver1astyle
"It all started with a pair of grey heels that I had never worn. They were boring to me. Throwing them away would be a pity because there was nothing wrong with the rest of the shoe. Just the colour. So why not paint them?
Over the years I've had loads of hobbies. Have done a lot of drawing, painting, pasting, stringing and also making a mess of projects. So painting shoes would be right up my alley.
Although I first started painting heels for my own use, I also saw awesome heels, not my size. They would be a great canvas to paint on. Soon a few heels became a couple more."
The painting process
"First I choose a pair of heels that I put on my dresser for at least a week, just to get a design idea. Once I have an idea, I put a freehand drawing on the heels. After deciding on the colour scheme, I start to paint. I often need to put multiple layers on a heel to get bright colours. So you have to have patience.
And if after painting I think they need a bit more bling,I put glass rhinestones on them (of the best quality). Altogether, it often takes 15 to 25 hours of work for a pair of completely painted heels. Of course, I do it all with a lot of love!"
What kind of paint is used?
Verena uses all sorts of textile paint on (imitation) suede. Brands like Rayher, DecoArt So Soft, Cadence, and Textile Color. Textile paint is more flexible and doesn't chip off and it's also waterproof. The colours won't fade either.
She uses Angelus leather paint on (imitation) leather. This paint doesn't need a topcoat, but you can use one to add a matt or glossy layer also the colour will last longer.