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Polka Dot Sun Pouch

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Abacus Bag

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abacus7This bag has traveled a creative journey from a beginning nearly opposite in appearance. Pulled from my completed projects it seemed gawky and unacceptable to my present eye.

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Cut apart and laid flat, its makeover has begun….

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Paint applied – I used fabric to absorb excess on the tape – nothing wasted!

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First mask removed

 

 

 

 

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Brush handle as paint applicator. (A sheet of glass is laid over neutral fabric on my work surface.)

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Big mistake! Slapping paint without much thought. I sensed it immediately, but I finished all the way across knowing that mistakes can lead to good things. Later, after a little masking, I hid the yellow with more paint.

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I had recently carved a flower stamp so I grabbed that and laid it on using black.

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A day or so later I sanded lightly to expose hints of the yellow, bring it out as texture and soften the colors a bit. I added more black to the design.

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Upcycled + Textile Art Bag

The truth is that not all things creative are born of inspiration. Some are just built a day at a time like Life until suddenly a direction is determined. It appears this piece started aimlessly to use up paint or maybe I just didn’t know what I wanted to do that day.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow 'mesh' the two.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow ‘mesh’ the two.

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I 'marry' the light fabric to the painted insert.

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I ‘marry’ the light fabric to the painted insert.

 

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

I know that’s quite a jump. It’s not hard to notice that more painting has been done. Alas, I couldn’t find any photos for you of the process. Continue reading

Trifold Card Wallets

Old canvases that were truly not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast and funky and upcycled!

Old canvases that were not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast, funky and upcycled!

Besides being ripped and sanded this one was burned.

Besides being ripped and sanded some were burned. Now I’m a pyromaniac. But I do have fun.

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The Other Side Raggy Bag

It was time to convert some of my fabric scraps to something useful. The collection is gaining too much volume! Early on, I decided to skip the red and white and stick to a more monochromatic blue/green/gray theme – a work horse bag with humor! 

I laid out cotton muslin as my base fabric and quickly layered scrap pieces, wanting to cover the base but keep it spontaneous.ImageImageImageImage

On impulse, I picked up a strip of muslin and laid it over the scraps. Continue reading

An Artist’s Bag

ImageImageImageThis is an experimental bag/tote I made for myself – sort of a combination of uses. I tried to show you in the photos that there is a middle section (the dark blue fabric) that closes tightly but will hold a sketch book and a few art supplies or even a magazine, book   (or electronic magic gadgets) to be prepared for long waiting times. 

In the outer side pockets I can keep the usual things I carry in my bag – money, cards, keys, etc. When I don’t have much in the inside pockets (there are actually two pockets in the dark blue middle) the middle squishes down to almost nothing. So far I really like it!

From this prototype I will make more, tweaking my design here and there.  I think the one zippered side pocket is a bit too large, for instance………… Any suggestions on what you like in an everyday, do-it-all bag?

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Gray Lace Bags

Gray Lace Bags

Ghost print of the lace used on the denim in previous post. I always have something handy – or find something fast! – to use the last of anything. This material was once worn as a working man’s uniform trousers. Sturdy stuff. I liked the incongruity of the lace on the durable fabric that was already carelessly paint splotched with the blue. (See, it does look blue here! A previous post would tell why I couldn’t resist this comment.) These bags could also be further painted or embellished but I’ll leave that decision for someone else. Grunge bags for brushes or long tools, paper rolls or knitting needles. Available in my Etsy Shop.

Long one – SOLD

Roller Pouch

One more bag made to avoid wasting paint. 

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Canvas Splatter Bag

Sometimes the beginnings are simply the availability of materials. I hate to waste! This paint is on my home office walls but it does not look like this at all. Color can be such a mystery. It is a dark blue but it usually looks green. (I do love green but it was not my intention. I will repaint when my home project list shortens up a bit. You didn’t expect an artist to have a clean sink, did you?)ImageImage

I soaked the cheesecloth in diluted paint and laid it on the canvas with no expectations. I impulsively decided to use it without further development. (Seems like I said that same thing not too long ago!) I fused the canvas to high quality decorator chintz, grabbed painted blue denim for the zipper top and proceeded to construct the bag. It was stiff and difficult to work with but I switched to my trusty old commercial Bernina and all went well. Canvas BagI consulted my salvage drawer for cords and found some I had saved from fabric sample books. I couldn’t quite remember how to do a 4-strand braid. The braid book – although beautiful – required a bit more concentration than I was willing for. So I did a quick internet search and made notes on my hand as to which strand went where. I can remember it for awhile again.

Braiding the zipper pulls

Braiding the zipper pulls -Second strand over first, 3 over 4, 2 over 3. That’s how it goes!


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