View Full Version : Hand painted handbag - Groynes recreational park

04-30-2010, 04:43 PM
I have also posted this is fiber arts as it is a handbag. But thought it is also appropriate here too.

Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Been busy with the kiddos and starting up my new business.....

A DebrArty bag.
The Groynes recreational Park. Christchurch, NZ

DebrArty is my new business. I make handpainted canvas handbags lined with satin.

Acrylic (Atelier interactive) on canvas.
Finished off with Modge Podge to seal.

This took 5 and half hours to do. From painting to finished product.

It was a commissioned piece for my mother in law and yes she is paying me for it.... she has always been so supportive of my paintings. She has 2 of my paintings hanging on her wall.

I used 2 pairs of fiskars scissors for this project....
soft touch for trimming threads
No8 scissors for cutting out the materials
Fiskars 12 in 1 sewing tool - for unpicking a mistake... NUTS!
and of course my trusty Elna 2003 sewing machine.

More details on my blog

04-30-2010, 07:37 PM
I think this is realy neat.. so you painted it first then cut it out?

04-30-2010, 11:09 PM
Yes the painting was done first. Then the cutting and sewing.

it was heaps of fun doing it too

04-30-2010, 11:58 PM
Amazing! Very nicely done!:) Nancy

05-01-2010, 03:18 AM
thank you Nancy

05-01-2010, 05:58 AM
Is the canvas material a type of plastics? It is not a fabric canvas?

05-01-2010, 08:13 AM
This is terrific and a great idea.

05-01-2010, 10:24 AM
what a fantastic original idea and so well done. Wish I was multi-talented like you. I cant sew worth beans. You should do well with these:thumbsup:

05-02-2010, 01:06 AM
Is the canvas material a type of plastics? It is not a fabric canvas?

this is the normal canvas that artists paint on

This is terrific and a great idea.

thank you

what a fantastic original idea and so well done. Wish I was multi-talented like you. I cant sew worth beans. You should do well with these:thumbsup:

thank you very much. I hope I do well with them too

05-02-2010, 12:32 PM
Nice idea. One thought... what if you painted the top flap the same as it is underneath so that it looks like one picture when closed?

05-02-2010, 04:54 PM
Great idea....tried that and couldn't match the paintings the same every time so decided to go similar and different instead. Easier that way for me.

05-03-2010, 06:25 PM
Debbie, I love the handbag! :heart: :thumbsup:

Have you tried fabric paints instead? Crafting is so despised and vilified on this site by many posters who actually do NOT work with craft paints, interact with real crafters to learn about their experiences, and have not even attended conventions or seminars to have personally talked with the actual manufacturers & chemists from MIT & the like, who develop these paints. (They aren't made in people's kitchens & basements. :rolleyes: They do have standards & quality control.) But, somehow these posters here know all about the science of craft materials to expound (loudly with a bullying OCD mentality,) about not using them. :rolleyes: It's a shame when other people unwittingly use these people as a source of reference, when they clearly know nothing about the very materials they so denigrate.

Instead of using an "all purpose" fine art acrylic paint, that then requires another medium to adhere to the base material. Fabric paints are actually developed specifically to work on fabrics & canvas without the need of a Modge Podge over layer. They are designed to sink in and adhere to fibers permanently by heat setting. So there is no worry about abrading off the fibers or needing a layer like the Modge Podge to stop the paints from coming off during normal washing & wearing. Many of the new fabric paints are really soft and supple and leave almost no feel to them. So you feel fabric instead of paint. There are a great selections now for blendability, opacity and/or transparency. AND they can be washed.

My favorite brands are the Jacquard fabric paints & dyes. They are a company totally dedicated to professional grade fabric paints & dyes. Since that is their total focus, they would know better than the negative posters here, what actually works on fabrics. Most importantly, these paints are designed for fabrics, instead of a general acrylic paint that also happens to work on fabric when a medium is added. Their silk dyes are the top of the line American dyes. Only the French have created better silk dyes.

Another brand I love is So Soft by DecoArt. I know many quilters who are using these paints for their heirloom, picture quilts. They have no worries about the longevity or archival/heirloom quality of these paints, passing their quilts on to future generations. Their pearlescent colors are subtle and quite lovely. They can be intermixed with their regular colors.

A third is the SetaColor paints. One of the best French companies. They have a line that works on dark fabrics that is fantastic. This company was also perhaps the first to develop paints that actually adhere and stick to glass & ceramics by baking in a kitchen oven.

All these paint brands have been around for a good 20+ years that I have been painting on & off and they just keep improving them all the time. :clap:

A great place to get most of these fabric paints is at:
DharmaTrading.com (http://www.dharmatrading.com/topnav/paints/)

Their customer service is fantastic. :thumbsup: You can email and speak to specialists who really know these supplies and how well they work on fabrics, as that is the focus of the company. They actually use what they sell. :thumbsup:

Good luck! :)

05-03-2010, 07:35 PM
Thank you so much Imzadi.
The reason why I used Atelier acrylic paints is that I have them already at home. But I can see the advantages of fabric paints over the acrylic paints.

I can buy non prepared canvas (cheaper)
The paint will not wear off.
The paint doesn't need additional sealer on top (no need to buy it)

I'll definately look into this...
I'll look locally first as I'd rather support small local businesses first.

Thank you so much for your advice.