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121  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Project Post - Painted Leaf Bag on: March 13, 2006 05:35:19 AM
Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. Sometimes it's nice to know that someone else appreciates what you do.

Arrhythmia, the paint is just acrylic craft paint. I use Delta brand mostly. I've not noticed a big difference with textile paint and just started using the regular paint instead. Sometimes I'll use the textile medium that goes with it to soften the paint a bit if the fabric isn't so sturdy. But I've never found a way to keep it from stiffening up. Fortunately, it doesn't matter for this project.

As for setting the paint, I just let it dry and then pressed it between plain paper towels (to protect the iron and board) with a really hot iron. Actually, the acrylic paint seems pretty permanent after it dries no matter what you do. Notice how spills and blotches on clothes never come out?

Thanks again for kind words. Makes my day!
122  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Project Post - Painted Leaf Bag on: March 12, 2006 05:30:37 PM
Hi everyone,

This is my first project post - please forgive any clumsiness. I made this bag from a canvas blank Saturday morning. I had been looking for a tote bag and just couldn't fine one I liked well enough and decided to make one myself from what I had on hand.

Lucky me - I found two of these canvas tote blanks in stash. The handles had to go and then I started painting. There are 12 colors of paint in the leaves. The black binding, the replacement handles and grosgrain ribbon on them were all from supplies on hand as well.

Here is the bag and the plain one I started with

The front

The back (though it is reversible they are not the same)
123  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me please, I'm no good with colours! on: March 11, 2006 01:55:03 PM
Agreed with the blue being nice but maybe a bit too much. It is hard to tell  the shade of green in the photos, but maybe a soft sage-ey taupe-ey green would work on the walls. Very restful and zen, but not beige.
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