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« on: October 29, 2009 12:09:59 PM »



My wedding anniversary is on Halloween [hehe], so I needed a gift for my husband! I've been trying to keep with the traditional gifts, i.e. first anniversary is paper; 25th is silver; gold for 50; and the third anniversary gift is leather. My husband's wallet is falling to pieces, so I decided to get him a new leather wallet, but I wanted it to be more special so I googled around and found out how to PAINT leather!

Eventually I came up with the idea to paint MY version of his tattoo, which is a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull that he got a few months back in memory of his mother. Since Day of the Dead is also the day after our anniversary, it just worked out perfectly. So I prepped the leather and went to work with my acrylic paints! I tried to transfer the image of my husband's actual tattoo with graphite paper, but it BARELY showed up so it ending up just giving me general ideas of where everything should be, instead of me just being able to paint over every single line. Every website I checked said that there was no real way to "Seal" leather, only to wax on the glossy coating that you strip off with alcohol - If anyone out there knows any tips, please let me know

I know that it will crack and wear - that's what it's supposed to do. I don't mind - it only took me a few hours and it was more for meaning than anything. So anyway, on to the pictures!

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Finished! Side by Side with the Original Tattoo:

I gave it to him on his birthday, which was the 28th, instead of waiting for our anniversary. Mainly because his gift to me on our anniversary is a CRUISE so we didn't want to do an awkward one-present gift exchange haha. He seemed to really love it, even said that this is how he wanted his tattoo to look [he wasn't happy with the tattoo artists lack of colour shading]... I can tell he's afraid to actually use it, too lol








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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009 01:27:26 PM »

It's GORGEOUS!
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009 02:23:26 PM »

It's GORGEOUS!

thanks so much!
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009 03:52:31 PM »

I'd be afraid to use it too- it's just beautiful. I love how the eyes have flames inside, both on the tat and the wallet. Nice touch.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009 07:10:08 PM »

oh, yeah!  THIS ROCKS for sure!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2009 07:30:18 PM »

Very awesome! Great job on the detail!
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009 09:00:18 PM »

Wow.  Just wow.  Wow.
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2009 04:30:53 PM »

I'd be afraid to use it too- it's just beautiful. I love how the eyes have flames inside, both on the tat and the wallet. Nice touch.

Thanks! That was an important part, since they actually do light candles in the skulls in honour of lost loved ones Smiley

And, in case anyone is wondering - the random pink rose on the top is for Breast Cancer, which sadly his mother passed away from last year after a six year battle
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2009 06:09:41 PM »

 Shocked WOW That is soooo awsome and meaningful  I wouldnt use it it derserves to be framed maby you could do something else that could be perserved better so its not as upsetting if the wallet gets ruined. 
but again great job I wish I had your skills!!!!! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010 10:12:21 PM »

love the sugar skull!  it looks fantastic!  great job
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