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DIY: Decorate A Canvas Purse with Watercolor Pencils

Today (Thursday) was one of those days when I had everything planned out to do, then it was all messed up by my own unfortunate misinterpretation of what time 12:00am is!  Which left me with a full day to do whatever I please 🙂  Naturally, art day!  So I got all my paints together, picked up some canvases from my stash, yada yada yada.  And what did I find?  A canvas purse that I bought on clearance over a year ago, but had never done anything with!  PERFECTION!

If you haven’t seen it already, I watched this YouTube video by The Frugal Crafter last night, and it sounded like so much fun!  So of course, I find this purse and I must try it out!  I won’t keep you in the dark, she uses Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to draw right onto fabric!  It was so gorgeous!  I don’t have Inktense pencils, but I do have a small set of Derwent Watercolor Pencils that so far have been working out nicely for my projects.

Moving along.  So I have this penguin tshirt, I love it, its so cute!  I decided to trace the penguins from there, and use those for my purse.

If you’re interested in doing this yourself, grab your supplies:
pattern for tracing (look at your clothes, search online, check out books, etc)
tracing paper big enough for your pattern
purse: canvas fabric works well, try something like these
regular #2 pencil
watercolor pencils
fabric medium
cup of water to clean brushes + separate cup of clean water
iron to heat set according to fabric medium directions

First I traced my image from my tshirt.  Then I traced the WRONG SIDE of the tracing paper, with dark outlines.  Don’t make the lines too thick and skip any small parts that you can estimate placement yourself and will be a lighter color on your fabric. (aka don’t trace in black something you want yellow)

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

Trace your image, place paper directly on top of image to trace.

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

Now trace the WRONG SIDE of your paper with dark lines. This will be how we transfer the image.

Now place the WRONG SIDE face down onto your canvas/purse/fabric.  Use your #2 pencil to heavily mark the images, you can trace the outlines on the RIGHT SIDE or mark/scribble horizontally over the lines.  You can see it better in the next photo.  You could also try using graphite paper, but that is really messy and can easily smudge the rest of your fabric!

 

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I left this image bigger so you can more easily see how the penguins now look a little “fuzzy” on the edges. Its because I am scribbling over the outlines to transfer the image to the fabric.

GAfter you transfer all of your image.  Decide on your colors.  I used the black to first draw the outline darker.  Then dark blue for the penguin’s body, and orange for their beak and feet.

 

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I added the dark black outline for the penguins bodies. I messed up the eyes on the one on the right. He’s supposed to be “suspicious” not “angry”.

Fill in all your colors. Go light at first, you can always add more color after the next step. Now, get your colors wet. Use a paintbrush to “paint with water” on your colors. Go one color at a time. If you like, do all the dark colors first then the light colors.  My oranges got a little muddy from the pencil tracings, this is why I suggest you skip the small bits when doing the tracing/transfer.

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I wanted more blue on my penguins, so after I got them wet, I went back over their bodies with a lighter blue pencil and then blended with water. Then I added their ice floe so they wouldn’t just be floating in space.

Next, and you don’t have to wait for anything to dry, go over the entire pattern with Fabric Painting Medium.  Again, you can choose to do this by color or lights and darks separately.  Thats what I did, I saved the oranges for last after I cleaned off my brush.  I don’t have white pencils, so I left their tummies the same color as the fabric.

 

Don’t forget to heat set the design with your iron according to the directions on your fabric medium bottle!

I wanted one more penguin so I added one to my purse flap.  What a cutie.

Fill in all your colors. Go light at first, you can always add more color after. Now, get your colors wet. Use a paintbrush to "paint with water" on your colors. Go one color at a time. If you like, do all the dark colors first then the light colors. If you make one too, be sure to link back here so I can see your designs!  All those inexpensive canvas aprons, purses, hats, totes, etc would be perfect for this project.  Plus, this would be a fun project for your crafty teenagers!

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Purse: After

Refashion: Purse Makeover

I love to DIY and refashion!  In the fall I had this old purse I bought from a garage sale, it was one of those envelope style purses, pretty ugly tho.  I had this shirt I bought from a garage sale too, I thought hey, DIY makeover!   To see the previous purse, click here.  Click on any photo to enlarge them.

I’ve been dying to do another ever since, I just haven’t found the right purse or the right fabric.  Until now….dun dun dun!  My aunt participated in a neighborhood garage sale this past summer and I picked up this ugly beige/tan purse thinking it would be perfect for my next makeover!  Its been sitting in a bag with a million other items I am hoping to refashion (and then blog about!) for a few months now.  I finally went thru the bags of refashion items, found it, and decided to start it!

Outer Purse: Before

Outer Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

I have the perfect fabric choice, its a little girl’s black/white floral print dress.  I saw it at a garage sale and just loved the pattern, I knew I could find someway to refashion it!  The purse is kinda awkward to cover completely in fabric, so instead I am only covering the front flap in the fabric, and painting the rest of it in silver (and glitter!) and blue.  Blue is my favorite color, I have so much in my wardrobe!  However, I plan to use blue as a colorblock/pop color, so its only going to go like under the expandable pocket, or framing the mirror, or every other pocket, with silver and the sparkles in between.  In this way, it won’t really matter what I wear, blue will only be visible inside the purse which I hope to never forget to snap!

Purse: After

Purse: After

Here are the inspirations that helped me figure out how to paint and make it stick, to leather!
eHow
Mr. Kate
Chic Steals

I painted the leather silver and added a powdered glitter that I found at a hardware store in the paint section.  A little goes a LONG way, so if you’re looking for a nice sparkle dust to mix with paint, I totally recommend it!  I only used the glitter on the silver parts, and I used the silver for anything that would be facing the public.  I wanted this purse to match any outfit, so the blue paint inside is mostly just for me.  You can see a little bit on the sides though, but who really looks there?  I used Leather Lace as the strap, I love the look!  It fits will over my head + shoulders and is just fun to wear!

Outer Purse: After

Outer Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

I’m loving my end result!  I will admit, painting on leather was tough and I definitely recommend placing a layer of Mod Podge over all the paint, I had some scratch off problems before doing that.  I did Mod Podge the fabric down and again another layer on top, this seals in the fabric so if your purse gets wet, it won’t be gooey and dirty.  This way, water will bead up and roll off.

I would love to hear your comments and I hope you find inspiration from this project!  It really is fun to do!

This finished purse is now for sale : Shop: Other Artistic Avenues