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Scenes from Costume College 2013 - Destiny is in upper right, demonstrating how to paint a vintage travel case with Lumiere Scenes from Costume College 2013 – Destiny is in upper right, demonstrating how to paint a vintage travel case with Indigo and Pearl White Lumiere.

Big initial M Last weekend saw Destiny and I teaching, presenting and having a booth at the wonderful Costume College in Southern California, put on annually by Costumer’s Guild West. The amazing folks who attend this three-day event make and wear several costumes during the conference, most of them historical. And they were thrilled at the possibilities of painting their shoes, bags, and leather gunpowder bags (I am not making this up).

I want to show you some scenes from our hands-on workshop, but I have to apologize beforehand for not knowing all the names of the designers pictured. We all got so caught up in doing shoes and felt like we already knew each other. Then when class ended, I realized I forgot to get names to go with most of the faces (and the shoes). I will email everyone in the class a link to this post and as they supply their names, I will add them to this post. They were, each and every one, a delight to spend time with.

Metallic Silver Lumiere made great zebra stripes on these $6 faux suede flats from WalmartKerry used Metallic Silver Lumiere to make zebra stripes on these $6 faux suede flats from Walmart – ironically the silver stripes looked more realistic than white would have. After painting one shoe, she made a big black bow for the toe. “Now to just find the time to get the other one done so that I can actually wear them,” she says. I can relate to that! Costume College collage 2 resizedUpper right and lower right, Audrey chose Sunset Gold, Copper, and Burgundy to transform a pair of old brown loafers.

Costume Collegecollage 1 resizedTop left and top right, Mary used a yummy combination of Metallic Russet, Burgundy, and Pearlescent Turquoise darkened with some Neopaque Black on formerly plain Mary Janes. Lower left, one of our students came in partial costume — a charming version of a top hat!

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Scenes from the workshop, including, at center, a pair of spectator pumps being transformed with Pearl White and Halo Violet Gold paint. Who says spectators have to be white and black or brown?

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At top, a pair of black faux crocodile slides gets a gorgeous metallic paint job. At lower right, Trish’s natural-leather comfort shoes get a whole new look with Pearlescent Violet paint — and were a big hit at the bridal shower she attended Saturday.

We are already looking forward already to next year’s Costume College — especially since it’s theme will be accessories (and that includes SHOES)!

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