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Faux leather fabric can turn anything in to an expensive looking piece. But to make your leather look original and stand out from the rest, you may want to consider painting it to give it an extra something special. This tutorial will show you how to paint imitation leather to create a stunning pattern.

To do this, you will need the following:

• Blue scotch painter’s tape
• X-Acto Knife
• Pen
• Natural, unfinished leather, 20×7

To Dye Your Leather:
• Eco Flo Leather Dye
• Water
• Sponge
• Wool (for burnishing)
• Latex gloves

To Finish Your Leather Fabric:
• Sennelier Gold Shellac Ink
• Eco Flo Acrylic Leather Finish
• Ink Pen

To get started, cover your entire piece of leather with the Blue Scotch painter’s tape. Draw the pattern of your choosing on top of the tape using a pen. This tutorial used a honeycomb pattern. To create the same look, draw circles.

Cut away the tape with the X-Acto knife to show your pattern.

Mix up your dye; one part water to one part dye. Put on your gloves to protect your hands. To apply the dye to the leather, use a sponge and press the dye into the pattern. Rub the sponge in a circular motion. Then, let it dry for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Peel the tape away. If you want, you can use the Sennelier gold shellac-based ink to add a glow to the pattern. Let this dry before you apply the acrylic leather finish.

These are just the basic steps that you can take away and use to create your own original, patterned leather. You can create your own pattern or use different colored dye to get something entirely different. The possibilities for painting your leather are endless but the result is beautiful leather than you can use to make a purse, book cover, skirt, and more.

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