There are some beautiful projects out there where people have created a mottled effect - some with shaving cream (see Marbling) and with many other techniques.
This inspired me to try too and it came out so nice that I just had to share.
My first attempt was to dab at the leather with a piece from an old shirt:
The last few dabs were with a dark brown and made it look a bit dirty here and there.
Next I used red, light brown and dark brown, dabbed on with a piece of trimmed sheep wool.
This was the look I was after!
I decided to make a brown only one and see which one would best fit the center piece of the valet tray it would be part of.
I chose the brown one and here is how the application of a conditioner made the color pop (I used dubbin for the conditioner, but something like Dr Jackson's Hide Rejuvenator or Aussie would be just as good).
Then came the video:And this is the pieces after the fun was done: