Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Art of Painting Your Own Bag

One of the best looking bags I've been attracted to in years really, I believe I first saw this bag in a magazine, and then I found on pinterest.

Created by Close2MyArt, Michelle, created this handbag to hold her own personal art supplies, so you will not able to find this same bag anywhere.   She describes how she created this bag in this blog post, but I must say that the idea of painting my art on a handbag that I hauled around was extremely attractive to me.

The problem was finding the right bag to paint on.  I looked everywhere.  Michele found her bag at some big box but I was not able to do so.  You need the right kind of bag.  Something made of canvas or some other material that can easily absorb paint.  Something light of enough that your artwork will shine although I've seen great art on a darker canvas background, it takes a different set of paints than I possess at the moment.

I eventually purchased a masonry bag from Amazon.com and painted this to hold my art materials, and my laptop when I needed to carry it.  It had a logo imprinted on it, but I painted right over it.  It's still a work in progress, and the bag is quite is heavy so I don't carry it often.

I went back to Amazon to look for what I wanted exactly.  I wanted a plain canvas unbleached neutral colored handbag that I could paint.  I didn't want to pay a lot of money for it.  After a couple of days, I ordered this bag

and this one from Amazon.

They weren't exactly cheap and they weren't made in America, and they weren't exactly what I was looking for but they were a start.  I must say that this is an untapped market.  Every person should be able to find a handbag that they can make their own through art.  These bags are coming from overseas so it might be a month before I see them.  In the meantime, I decided to make a bag for this purpose, which is the subject of another blog post.  Stay tuned.

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