Friday, July 26, 2013

ALTERED ARTY HANDBAGS - COLLAGED & PAINTED

You'll have recycling, um, in the bag if you alter worn, unwanted handbags. 

Choose a sturdy leather, faux leather, or hard plastic purse. Vinyl bags may be too soft and yielding, but if you stuff them with newspapers you can re-work them, too!
Choose images and flat (or nearly flat) embellishments. Adhere them with a generous coat of gel medium both under and over the enhancements. Use acrylic paint to make the piece even more interesting. 
altered art

painted purse, art project

























Or make a handbag from almost any vessel. You've seen lunchboxes and baskets used as purses, haven't you? Bags have been fashioned with everything from pop tabs to pillowcases. So put your imagination to work and make a cigar box purse, or devise a handbag from a hollowed-out book or stuffed animal.

Paula Guhin


art blog, mixed media

7 comments:

  1. Cool. Particularly like the one on top.

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  2. Me, too, Anonymous! Thanks for saying so.

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  3. This is awesome.. which you had a how to for the top purse... SO cute!!!

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    1. wish, not which...lol sorry

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    2. Ann, I just used a vintage photograph, bugle beads, a button or two (with the shanks removed), an old coin, a feather, and maybe a few other things. That's it! Glad you liked it.

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  4. Not all guess handbags feature personalization on the fasten pulls. Also, the variety "Work by Prizefighter" is the upscale version so your declare on ikon two is improper. Eventually, application in the bags would never be leather - honorable shrub or satin. Thanks for protecting the brand!!!

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  5. Love your page-it's an inspiration,

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