They also carry this stuff that you put over paint that pulls it up off the leather and then adheres it into a giant decal sorta thing. Sorta hard to describe. I have the old leather jacket that a friend airbrushed, and then I put this solution on it and it made it into a giant decal of sorts. Ill take a photograph and post it later.
okay what if you scratch the suface of what you are trying to paint ..you know like draw it on and then take off only that part and then paint it with maybe something like india ink ,they come in all sorts of colors too.
maybe seal that with a soft wax .
i don't know if this was mentioned yet or not but paint for vinyl. I'm sure you can get at the auto parts store. I think its called dye and not paint,but its made so it wont flake off. They have plastic paints (dyes) also if trying to paint plastic it wont scratch off or flake.
Yes it is good for leather
from the site above
Fabric Painting: Leather
Leather is a difficult surface to achieve long-term paint adhesion. Leather can vary in surface, thickness, fiber structure, oil content, dye type and tendency to stretch. These factors will influence long-term paint adhesion. Always do a test sample, prior to painting.
For maximum adhesion and longevity, the paint should penetrate into the leather. Deeper penetration will achieve greater adhesion.
1. Any protective coating must be removed (abraded or sanded) for proper paint adhesion.
2. Remove surface oils by wiping with rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol or acetone. Apply solvents only to those areas where paint will be applied.
3. Shiny and smooth leather can be prepared by sanding with fine sandpaper or emery cloth.
Before applying paint, flatten and adhere leather to a stable surface.
For achieving bright, light colors on dark leather, first apply Soft Body Titanium White thinned with 25% water to the painting area.
Follow any of the Fabric Painting Techniques.
Wipe with water dampened cloth or small amount of mild soap and water.
Most leather will stretch beyond the binding capability of acrylic paint and may crack the paint. Liquitex Acrylics are extremely flexible and durable and offer superior results on this type of surface.
Acrylic paints can crack if bent at temperatures below 45° F.
I make my own leather goods. When I need multiple colors, such as stripes, i use masking tape, mark off where I don't want to dye, and then for example dye all the red stripes. Once that dries, I go back and paint on the other color dye. Just get un finished leather and dye it, it's quite easy. I get it from a store here in cleveland but tandy sells unfinsihed belts.