New Years Clutch

Monday, January 2, 2012

The bag itself was a white elephant gift. It smelled slightly like an attic and was blindingly gold. But when I looked at it, all I could see was chevron print. (inspired by the clutch in this post by Elise from A Beautiful Mess)

The process itself took me about 4 hours. I didn't use any fancy supplies, just the things I had around the house. (Acrylic paint, a sharpie, and a notecard, to be exact.)

First I did some tests inside the fold of the bag. I made sure to test all of the supplies I was planning on using before even starting. I hate it when I get half way through a project and realize that I can't make it look like I want to just because the supplies are cooperating.

Then it was stencil making time. (Inpsired by this diy from Refinery29) It took me about 10 minutes to make one with a ruler and a notecard. It was totally worth the time though, because there's no way my lines would have looked half as nice without it. The notecard was convenient because it was flexible, and I was able to bend it around the edges of the bag. I just used the permanent marker to trace the pattern, mainly because I knew that half of the stripes would be black in the end.

First I just colored in whatever I wanted with black. It took a lot of patience (I think I watched a whole movie) and a vented window. Then I used my accrylics to paint in the white parts. I also wanted to keep some of the glitz, so I  decided to leave some gold peeking out. IMPORTANT: If you want to leave some of the underneath pattern showing, be sure to find some way to mark it so you don't accidentally color it. I didn't mark it on the front... so there was no little line of gold.

After that, it was smooth sailing. Not a lot of work for a one-of-a-kind bag. :]

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