Today’s post is more of a share, this Graffiti Bag project has been in the works for awhile and I thought it was about time to share it with you.
I had the idea for this bag a long time ago. I was inspired by this graffiti bag and art.
So, I started on it and then it sat for longer than I want to admit. Now it is finally finished (maybe, I think, who knows). Either way I thought it was about time I shared it with you.
I bought this bag at Joe Fresh, I’d been eyeing it for this project for awhile but it was $99 and that just didn’t seem to work. So when they put it on sale for $19 it was a no brainer!
This bag is really a collaboration too. I let my daughter do some of the drawings on it and I embellished around them. It sat so long that her drawing style has really changed and improved, but I love having documentation of this stage of her development.
I started out using sharpies and creating a combination of doodles and graphic patterns, using mostly black on the white background I also added a few pops of color.
The longer it sat the more I changed my mind about what I wanted. So that’s when the paint came into play.
I literally poured black paint over and across the top of the bag letting it drip down the sides.
In some areas I painted over the graphic patterns.
When the paint was dry I used a white sharpie paint pen to draw on the black paint.
The more I look at this bag the more ideas I get and the more I want to add to it. So it may be a continual work in progress.
So less of a DIY today more of a share or technique.
If this inspires you to embellish something you’ve been wanting to, leave me a comment and let me know what you’re making.
This is a fabulous project that my artsy daughter would LOVE to try. Can I ask you a couple of questions – is the bag leather and would it need to be for the pens to work? Have you put anything on it to keep your design intact? It looks really great, thanks for sharing your inspiration.
Thank you so much!
The bag I used is leather, I would think it would also work on a non leather(pleather) bag too. You can always test the pens in an area you can’t see first to make sure. I haven’t put anything on it to seal it yet, but I don’t think the pens need anything to seal them, they won’t come off. If you use acrylic paint you can use a sealer coat, they sell it at art supply stores. That will help to make it more waterproof.
Let me know if you have any other questions and I’d love to see her bag when she’s done!
Thanks so much for the quick response, it really helped. I’ll let you know what happens once we try it out.
Hi Cathy, love this project! My only question for you is about the paint. Did you have any trouble with it cracking off? I’m worried if I pour paint over top in globs, the paint trails etc will chip off. Thanks for your help!
Hi Becky, Thank you! That’s a great question and no, I haven’t had any problems with it cracking. Acrylic paint is similar to a plastic and it is quite flexible. When I poured my paint over the top I used a liquid acrylic (in a bottle, instead of from a tube) so that it would really run and drip. If you’re still concerned you can also use a varnish over the top of all your paint when you’re finished. That will definitely ensure that nothing peels or cracks. xoxo Cathy
SOunds like me. I begin a project one way and in the middle of the project another idea pops into my head and I can either incorporate it or mess the whole thing up.