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Topic: upcycled tattooed purses/pouches/etc *oh my pics!*  (Read 9210 times)
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theantihipster
« on: August 08, 2008 02:29:52 PM »

Fixing up old stuff to make it new again really gets my rocks off, here's some more of my recently healed patients from the sad old bag hospital:

rose mirror compact- this was an awesome find & I was especially glad to bring this back to life


green razorblade pouch


pretty swallow handbag


Mi Vida Loca sugar skull goodness (oh how I love making script, mmmmm...)




this one was fun, and the purse was to die for. I would keep it but I never wear anything brown



sah-weeeeet vintage poker set, yet another thing I would love to keep if it wouldn't get shoved away in a drawer, me & the b/f are far too busy to play card games  Sad

here's the inside (oh it's neat), does anyone know what game uses dice with face cards on?


next time I'll take before pics, I promise!! I already got a new batch of patients & I've got some befores, but I need to start taking pics before I clean & repair them too

thanks so much for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008 02:46:24 PM »

Those are awesome! I love the "Mi Vida Loca" purse and I normally don't like that sort of thing Smiley What kind of paint did you use if you don't mind me asking? Will it wear well?
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2008 02:54:26 PM »

Those are so SO beautiful!! I would buy any one of them!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008 02:55:41 PM »

This stuff is great! I just started painting on leather, and I'd be so happy if you could tell me of a good sealant to keep the paint from chipping/wearing off.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008 03:07:26 PM »

I love the rose compact!

Your dice are poker dice; there are some rules here.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2008 03:16:07 PM »

i love them all! what kind of paint did u use? and what kind of sealer so they won't chip? i have a purse i want to paint on but am not sure what to use. yours ROCK!!!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008 04:51:05 PM »

thanks so much everyone!!
I use acrylic paint & seal it with triple-thick clear glaze. Sometimes I hit it with a coat of matte medium first to make the sealant adhere better.

I painted a pair of shoes with this process about a year ago & I figure if shoes can take a licking & keep on ticking then it would work with just about anything.

p.s. thanks for the poker dice link!
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008 04:57:35 PM »

These items are amazing!!  I have no talent when it comes to painting, drawing, or even writing legibly.

The gun purse makes me think of a "Pistol packing Mamma"!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2008 05:00:34 PM »

These items are amazing!!  I have no talent when it comes to painting, drawing, or even writing legibly.

The gun purse makes me think of a "Pistol packing Mamma"!!!!!!!!!

haha, I love it!! that design made me think of "guns n roses"
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2008 05:16:21 PM »

I use acrylic paint & seal it with triple-thick clear glaze. Sometimes I hit it with a coat of matte medium first to make the sealant adhere better.

I would've totally guessed that you used One Shot. But since you didn't, I have to ask, what kind of brush did you use for your lines? They're so even. Did you use a brush with longer bristles so you don't have to dip into your paint as often?
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2008 06:06:22 PM »

Wow, those are really well done!!
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2008 02:50:21 AM »

Yes I'll take one of each please? haha Fantastic job!! Omg so envious of your skills haha Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2008 05:02:12 AM »

Yeah, this totally rocks.  I love the sugar skull.... actually, I love them all.  What paint do you use that sticks to the vinyl?
I would love to sit and watch you paint.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2008 05:03:51 AM »

sorry. I just saw the answer t my question?  Love these!
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2008 05:18:05 AM »

Wow beautiful work!
You could make a lot of money with those here in Toronto!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2008 06:34:51 AM »

Those are beautiful! The paints just stand out!
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2008 08:32:50 AM »

 Shocked  i am in awe...i want every single one of these.
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2008 04:58:37 PM »

Oh my god! I love it all. Great job!
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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2008 09:34:37 PM »

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*toot* *toot*

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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2008 06:17:59 AM »

holy cow that mi vida loca purse is amazing!!
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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2008 09:40:38 PM »

thanks so much! you guys are rad.

I use acrylic paint & seal it with triple-thick clear glaze. Sometimes I hit it with a coat of matte medium first to make the sealant adhere better.

I would've totally guessed that you used One Shot. But since you didn't, I have to ask, what kind of brush did you use for your lines? They're so even. Did you use a brush with longer bristles so you don't have to dip into your paint as often?

I use paint pens (just for the really clean lines), but honestly if I wasn't a tattoo artist I wouldn't be able to bust out lines like that. Tattooing is what taught me that skill which I never had before no matter how much I would draw.

I've tried to use striping brushes but they're never as even as I'd like, and I definitely prefer to use india ink with them, but india ink is really fickle and comes out too transparent (on paper, I could never use that stuff for a project like this)

Wow beautiful work!
You could make a lot of money with those here in Toronto!!

I wish! we have this awesome postal service here in america and I believe we can send items to Toronto if you know anybody..................

You're not tooting your own horn enough so, here.. let me help ya...

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way to go you!
hahahahaha! thanks so much to everyone, you're really kind.

stay tuned, I've got a whole new crop of sad little vintage stuff waiting to be painted

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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2008 08:43:16 AM »

This is so great!!1 I love your  paintings!
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2008 01:58:11 PM »

thanks so much!
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2008 02:28:02 PM »

you are so freakin talented! do you take custom orders? instead of only selling things that you've rescued, you could also have ppl send in items of their own they'd like to be hit with some of your artistry. i know i have a boring purse or two that could benefit from your amazingness Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2008 01:04:22 AM »

you are so freakin talented! do you take custom orders? instead of only selling things that you've rescued, you could also have ppl send in items of their own they'd like to be hit with some of your artistry. i know i have a boring purse or two that could benefit from your amazingness Smiley

I've done a few custom orders, they're probably the most fun. It's more like my day job (tattooing) because I'm using someone else's ideas to make a new thing. Kind of like two heads are better than one, does that make sense?
It's better than custom tats because the only limit to what I make is the size of the item, not my customer saying "okay I want to put together a million things for chump change, get to work!"
in other words, thanks very much!
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2008 08:41:02 PM »

What a great use of Tattoo flash! I like it a whole lot!
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2008 06:56:30 PM »

wow, i must remember to browse more often on craftster! i love your work. i really like the pistol one and the mirror compact, makes me wanna run to the thrift store right now and find a sad purse to upcycle myself. i have paint pens.... oh so many projects to do i will add this one to my list and post when i actually make one or some... thanks for sharing! Grin
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2008 09:27:08 PM »

I love the style you chose for these, it stands out in a crowd by far!
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2008 10:21:19 PM »

thanks so much everyone!
wow, i must remember to browse more often on craftster! i love your work. i really like the pistol one and the mirror compact, makes me wanna run to the thrift store right now and find a sad purse to upcycle myself. i have paint pens.... oh so many projects to do i will add this one to my list and post when i actually make one or some... thanks for sharing! Grin

I use acrylic paint as well as paint pens, as they can be pretty fickle. I would LOVE it if you posted a finished bag of your own, you should do it!
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« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2008 06:07:09 PM »

It looks like your patients are leather and pleather, am I correct?
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« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2008 06:08:00 PM »

I forgot to add these are awesome!
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« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2008 01:28:42 PM »

wow these are so cool! i love the skull! u are really talented Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2008 08:34:57 PM »

you are unbelievably talented -- these are so amazing!

*xo...
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« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2008 07:53:21 PM »

It looks like your patients are leather and pleather, am I correct?

pleather or vinyl usually. But if the leather was, say, on a frame purse and didn't do alot of moving (as opposed to a sleeve of a jacket) I think my method would work just as well.

thank you all so much for looking, I have a new batch that I need to post!
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« Reply #34 on: September 01, 2008 07:03:10 AM »

here's some shoes! check em out:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266516.new#new
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« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2008 04:09:46 AM »

oh wow...i really love this.
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« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2008 09:17:37 AM »

HOLY SHMOLY!

great stuff.  I especially love the gun purse  Grin
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« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2008 05:49:24 PM »

Your stuff is so awesome!  I would like to tell you which one I like best, but I can't!  I really like them all Smiley

keep up the good work!
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« Reply #38 on: November 25, 2008 01:00:18 PM »

The colors are really vibrant!
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« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2008 09:12:52 PM »

thank you thank you thank you!
I've been using one-shot for my newer designs but I try to keep the colors really bright, I think it makes them a little more unique compared to painted purses you see around. I'm not afraid of 5 coats!
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« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2008 11:57:17 AM »

Ooh   Shocked
I'm currently setting out in a venture to paint a pair of old and ugly birkenstocks. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #41 on: December 19, 2008 12:51:13 PM »

Ooh   Shocked
I'm currently setting out in a venture to paint a pair of old and ugly birkenstocks. Thanks for the inspiration!

awesome! make sure to post the end result  Cheesy
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