Q: CAN PAINTED CLOTHING BE WORN AND WASHED?
A: Yes, painted clothing is meant to be worn and washed. The paints I use are permanent and material-specific. On cotton, I use high quality fabric paint, and heat-set the garment. On leather, I use leather paints and seal them with a clear sealer with a matte or gloss sheen. Shoes can be washed gently with warm water and a soapy sponge. Painted clothing like jackets can be gently machine washed on cold and hung to dry.
Q: ARE PAINTED SNEAKERS WATER PROOF?
A: Painted sneakers are water resistant and the painting won't wash off. However, muddy water can still soak into the stitching, sock liner, and seams of leather shoes, and cotton/canvas shoes such as Vans can still have mud and dirty water soak right into the painted fabric, so try to avoid wet weather and spills.
Q: HOW DO PAINTED SNEAKERS WEAR OVER TIME?
A: Painted sneakers will crease around the toes where the shoes bend as one walks, like all other shoes do after several wears. These creases tend to crack the leather or fabric and will eventually collect dirt. It is up to the owner to decide how often they want to wear their painted sneakers, or if they want to keep them for display only as a collectors item.
Q: HOW DO PAINTED JACKETS, SWEATERS, AND JEANS WEAR OVER TIME?
A: Painted clothing will last a very long time without visible wear as long as the proper care instructions are followed and the garment is hung in a closet when stored and not folded.
Q: HOW DO I CALCULATE MY PRICES?
A: Hours worked and materials are factored into my prices. Most projects take me 1 - 2 weeks to complete. Sometimes smaller scale projects will take longer than larger ones because of the amount of detail involved. For example, a small portrait with five people cropped at the waist with a hockey stadium in the background would cost more than a larger portrait with only two people cropped at the bust with a wall in the background. Prices are non-negotiable, but if you have a budget I can scale the project to reflect that.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO SEE A DESIGN FOR MY PROJECT BEFORE FULLY COMMITING AND PAYING A DEPOSIT?
A: Instead of asking for a deposit, I can charge you a $100 design fee which can be applied to the total cost of the project if you decide to go ahead with it.