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« on: January 16, 2004 06:48:29 AM »

i've just bought the most gorgeous vintage leather handbag from the charity shop for just two quid, and i'm dying to create some art on it!  Grin

only thing is, i'm not sure what paint to use. has anyone tried this?

i have a feeling that acrylic will chip/flake... i've just bought some fabric medium but i'm still not sure that it's the right thing for leather. also, how about varnishing the finished design?

any tip or help welcome!! cheers guys  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2004 08:15:32 AM »

If the bag is so great, I would not even try to paint on it- it could seriously ruin the purse and then you'll be devastated!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2004 12:03:59 PM »

thats a good point! and normally, i probably wouldn't be so brave...
but this bag, it's just like a blank canvas! it's calling out to me, y'know?
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2004 12:26:45 PM »

I have done it before with acrylics (fabric paint), but it was on the outside of my guitar case, so it wasn't used/rubbed as much as a purse would be.  I say go for it.  If it starts to flake off, you can finish the job and you'll be back where you started.  Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2004 09:53:02 PM »

Try leather shoe dye.  Dylon sells loads of different colours from what I can remember, and should be readily available in any large department store.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2004 10:29:17 PM »

Sorry, got it wrong.  It's not the shoe dye you want.  Something else called "Shoe and Accessories Colour" - kind of like a paint.  Should still be easily found in your local John Lewis.

http://www.dylon.co.uk/colourcentre/index.htm
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2004 12:01:30 AM »

They are hard to find, but if you can get your hands on oil based fabric paints, it sucks into the leather a bit when you use it, and keeps from chipping. Another way to go with it is to distress the leather a bit where you plan to paint, acrylic paints adhere to a rough surface a little bit better than a smooth one
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2004 04:16:27 AM »

thanks for all the tips guys!

superneedle - thanks! i've seen that in john lewis, but i think they're pretty limited in the colour range. might be able to find more colours in art shops though...

godess - i hadn't even thought of distressing it, thats a great tip  Smiley i guess sandpaper would do it... i'm going to search for oil based fabric paints asap!
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2004 02:09:48 PM »

I've never painted on real leather, but I've used nail polish on pleather and it works really well, it stays kind of flexible when it dries. BUT the piece I did was strictly for looking, not for carrying around, so I don't know how well it would hold up to wear.
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