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A jacket like no other

Leather jackets come in many styles; from high fashion to seasonal fashion, motorcycle to op-shop and custom made specials. But if you want one that really stands out from the crowd, why not embellish yours with personalised hand-painted or commissioned artworks?

Here’s one of our commissioned jackets. Step by step, we transformed a smart ladies motorbike jacket into a very beautiful, one of a kind functional artwork. We used just 6 colours (ochre, magenta, blue, scarlet, rust and yellow) plus black and white to create it.

STEP 1:
Consider your canvas. How much space do you have? What composition will works well? Where are the stitching lines and how can you make them work with your design?
STEP 2:
Use Leather Hero Spot & Prep (No.4) to clean the artwork area. A soft scrubbing brush can be used to agitate the prep solution into the grain. Wipe with a lint free cloth
STEP 3:
Etch the surface of the leather using fine sandpaper (800 grit)
STEP 4:
Apply Prime (No.5) with a paintbrush or sponge to the area you intend to paint
STEP 5:
Rough in your design
STEP 6:
If your jacket is a dark colour, paint a white foundation for your artwork. One to two coats should do it
STEP 7:
Paint in the main shapes and colours
STEP 8:
Use black or another dark colour to begin defining the design
STEP 9:
Add details and refine shapes. Make adjustments, corrections and changes as needed
STEP 10:
Redefine any lines that have been over painted. Balance the colours and refine shapes
STEP 11:
Add detailing. When you are done, use Spot & Prep (No.4) to clean up any little dots of colour that may have splashed onto the leather. Alternatively, use black paint to paint over them!
STEP 12:
When you artwork is finished and dry, give it 2 coats of clear topcoat to seal and protect your masterpiece

And you are done!