Woah, I Did Something Crafty- Easy Purse DIY

Being a college student often means having a tight wallet. For me, this means that I do a lot of window shopping and daydreaming if I’m out and about. Partly because I want to gather ideas on things I can make myself (although, I have to admit, I rarely ever actually do.) However! Recently I did craft a little something. Well, rather made a “modification.” I was browsing anthropologie, and came across these bags (ipad cases? Envelope clutches?):

Being resourceful, and self aware enough to realize “hey! I can paint things too!” I thought “I ain’t buying no damn $300 bag! I’ll make one myself!” Unfortunately, I didn’t have any thick canvas/muslin of my own to make the envelope clutch-base to paint on. And so the project went unfulfilled, but stewed in my mind for a few weeks. Then, as I was looking through my closet for things to purge, I found an old Liz Claiborne bag that I’d never used and likely got for $5.00 at Marshalls. It was then that I realized “woah! I could, like, paint on this!” It’s a cheap purse so it’s made out of plastic anyway (perfect for acrylic.) Here is the fruit of my labor:

I’m pretty proud of it. What’s also great is that whenever I get sick of this image, I can always paint another scene over it. All I used were the acrylic paints that I use for my artwork. I also put a thin layer of soft gel gloss over the top to protect it a bit. That’s it! No sewing, measuring, or (for me) buying any new supplies. Just go out to Goodwill, find a cheap bag (shouldn’t be hard), preferably made out of vinyl or some kind of plastic-like material (I wouldn’t use leather), and channel your inner art-eest!

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3 thoughts on “Woah, I Did Something Crafty- Easy Purse DIY

    1. Thanks for commenting! And for the compliment! Landscapes can definitely be challenging… it’s easy for them to look like just flat lines on a canvas, haha. Creating a sense of space is one of the main challenges of art making!

  1. Hello!
    I loved this idea! I loved it soo much that I hopped over to the nearest thrift store..bought a black leather purse for $2.75 and used 1 side of the purse as a canvas. I’m not an amazing painter like you but I did my best. =) ( you can see it on my page)
    My mom loves my cheesy drawings so I used your idea and turned it into a Birthday gift for her. I had so much with this idea.
    thanks again!!

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