thought i'd add to this thread since it's not yet long enough for my liking. this tutorial was such a revelation for me when i first found craftster, so thanks once more, jordy! here are some of the bags i've whipped up of late:
that looks so professional! and i absolutely love the idea of those airplanes. sorry to hear you've lost both of your creations, though.
i didn't dare try spray paint (a previous attempt of painting a lamp resulted not only in a painted lamp, but a painted floor, a painted kitchen top and a painted inside of a nose), but the handpainted base actually looks surprisingly even. apart from the speckles of paint on the wheels and the lock and whatnot, of course... as per usual, i wasn't as patient as to do much taping.
all i did was march into a hardware store and ask for paint that would be suitable for painting a bike. for the mushrooms, though, i used paint meant for scale models, because i knew i would only be needing very small quantities of the stuff and couldn't find the shade i wanted anywhere else. now that it's dry it looks like it won't chip off very easily, and i hope that really is the case - even though the paint's from the toy department!
before painting, i used sandpaper on the bike to get rid of the shiny surface, so that the paint would stick better. the paint on that other bike held up very well, so i haven't got big worries about this one, either.
so i got bored with my ten-year-old bike. sure, it was still almost pristinely white and pretty... i.e. not at all my style. when i was about fifteen, i painted a bike skyblue and added daisies (i lost that one when the roof of our garden shed fell on it one snowy winter). i thought about daisies this time, too, but then decided to go for something different. this is what i came up with:
the foties are pretty self-explanatory, methinks, though unfortunately do not do the finished product much justice.
i've used skyblue contact paper on boring white kitchen tiles. i live in a student flat where no permanent alterations are permitted, but the good thing about contact paper is that it can be removed without a trace. i did this a few years ago, but it still looks as good as new, and the overall effect is pretty impressive. highly recommendable!