04 April 2014

Purse Makover

Shape is everything to me in a purse. This small (7" x 8.5") vintage Shirl Miller LTD. white leather purse rubbed with acrylic paint is a favorite with its antique old map like surface.

Burnt Sienna and Phthalo Blue (green shade) acrylics are lightly applied to each side. First, the Burnt Sienna on one side with Phthalo blue highlights.

Second, on the other side, Phthalo blue with Burnt Sienna highlights with careful blending of the two sides at the bottom.

On the side expansions I uses only a light rubbing of Phthalo blue. The long strap is left white to prevent any paint from wearing off on fabric when worn over the shoulder.

White leather is perfect for this treatment because cracks absorb more paint to add dimension. Acrylic paint is waterproof, and needs no sealer.
I recommend, however, not leaving such a purse near a heat source or in the hot sun where the paint could become soft.

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