Black thrifted purse, after, front

Altered with gesso, acrylic paint, modpodge, collage, sharpies, and krylon. Images all found in Flickr Commons (see below.)


SOLD 4/09.

  • pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO 6y

    How it looked before:
    Black thrifted purse, before by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity)

    The rip was repaired with some thin paper and modpodge before the rest of the decoration was made.
    The c1905 bathing beauty is from Flickr Commons, George Eastman House:
    Atlantic City Beach by George Eastman House

    All the fish are from the Belize Larval Fish Group set of the Smithsonian Institution:
  • Mary Anne Enriquez 6y

    WOW....this is so beautiful!!!

    Was the purse vinyl or leather?

    What wonder reUSE and Re Purpose. A true work of ART. ♥ ♥ ♥
  • pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO 6y

    Thanks! I'd guess vinyl, not sure (and it's since been sold, so I can't check). I like painting on leather or vinyl, either one is fine. Once I'm done with the purses, the surface texture is so different from the original anyway!
  • wave 6y

    This is my favorite one! I like the style and the colorful fish!I paint in acrylic but have never tried on leather or vinyl. Do you have to thin the acrylic? How do you make it take to the surface and not crack too much?
  • pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO 6y

    I put a layer of gesso on the leather or vinyl before painting--that seems to help (the gesso is white, so the colors are truer, and it makes the surface hold the paint really well). I don't thin the acrylic at all. So far cracking hasn't been a problem at all.
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