Needing to make a batch of messenger bags to restock a local store, I decided to make one of them a painted canvas bag, and I love it. In fact, I am having a hard time deciding whether to sell this one, or keep it for myself!
It all started with a trip to Harbor Freight tools….
Among other crafting supplies, I found a 9 x 12′ painting drop cloth that was just begging to be made into painted bags! So I cut out my bag parts, and then started painting, using Golden’s fabric painting medium mixed with acrylic paints.
Then I painted some more, making sure every piece of the bag was covered. Details were added with a Sharpie paint pen. I have to admit that getting it all painted took awhile! Then I hung them on my studio clothes line to dry. An iron does the heat setting trick (use a cloth in between) or they could also be stuck in the dryer.
Then it was time to put it all together into a bag. I used black thread to add to the decorative look before I sewed the pieces together.
I love using funky found items for my hardware, like this ring salvaged from the worn out trampoline we threw away!
All in all, I am pretty happy with the new bag, it would be perfect for keeping an art journal at my side! I think I will be making more!