Saturday, June 2, 2012

DIY Color block bag

    My Grandma bought me this BEAUTIFUL Steve Madden black faux leather cross body bag for Christmas. It has studs, cheetah print lining, and cool zippers. Of course, I get white wall paint all over it. WHY???
Color block it! Check here & here for more tips.
  • Leather or suede item (Bag, wallet, shoes...) 
  • Wet wipe
  • Fine sand paper & Rubbing Alcohol - if painting leather or faux leather
  • Acrylic paint - not Tempera 
  • Paint brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Painter's tape or electrical tape
-If using leather, prepare leather surface- just where you want the paint!- by first lightly sanding it then cleaning with rubbing alcohol. (My sand paper says 150 C on the back if that helps.)
-If using suede or textures, prepare suede surface by cleaning it with a wet wipe.

After you've prepared the surface, tape off the sections you do not want to paint. Smooth out all bubbles in the tape.

For the first coat of paint, dip the brush in rubbing alcohol and then into the paint. Let dry.

For the second coat, refrain from using rubbing alcohol and use just the acrylic paint. Make sure to get an even coat and cover the entire surface. 

Blow dry after each coat from now on. I painted four coats. 

Once the last coat of paint is dry, start painting any other areas you would like to color block,  following the same steps shown above.

Time for the fun part! Once ALL THE PAINT- every last bit of it- has been dry for a while, carefully peel off the tape to reveal your finished product. 


And it's just so amazing.
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