Or: How I almost suffocated my dog and myself using acrylic sealant spray.
Bummer. This diy is for the unfortunate-looking leather pouch, not the awesome ceramic rabbit candleholder.
OK, so I came across a cool DIY blog post to customize these American Apparel leather pouches with neon paint to look like Celine’s neon leather pouches that cost a billion bucks. (See that pouch here.)
Seeing as I think bigass pouch clutches are the ideal bag (they look pulled-together, and hold way more than you’d think) and the fact that I was feeling kind of crafty, I hit up AA and the art store next to it to try to make some cool new baggage. Like I need more baggage.
These photos look sufficiently boring and uninspired. Sorry. I knew I wouldn’t ever use it if I made it neon or with other weirdass designs, so you’re left with this tutorial that features me painting a stripe on a leather bag. Deal with it, I guess. Or X out of your browser.
Step One: Gather The Goods
To make a custom pouch, you’ll need:
White acrylic paint
Acrylic paint in whatever other color you want (I started with Veuve Clicquot yellow, which I consider to be the best color in the entire paint bucket pixel circle thing Macs have, but it ended up looking like I dipped my bag in Easy Mac. So I got a burnt red tangeriney color to paint over it with, because I knew I’d wear it.
Clear acrylic sealant spray
Step Two: Painter’s Tape It
Take your blue painters tape and tape off whatever section you want to color. You can do vertical Gucci-circa-2003 stripes, or keep it too simple, like I did. Make sure you push the tape down with your nail because the paint can easily leak through.
Step Three: White Paint It
Take your white acrylic and mix it (in a styrofoam cup the last tenant left behind) with a teeny bit of water. This will help it stick to the leather. Paint a nice, even coat and let it dry.
Step Four: Colored paint it
Take your colored acrylic and mix it (in a styrofoam cup the last tenant left behind) with a teeny bit of water. This will help it stick to the leather. Paint a nice, even coat over the white and let it dry.
(Did you notice I just copy/pasted that boring paragraph from the previous boring paragraph? Almost as unimaginative as this project.)
At this point, you need to seal that lame paint to the lame leather. Cover the regular leather with a mag (tape it town to the other blue tape that should still be on there) and just spray the living bejeezus out of the part you painted. Outside, for the love of God.
I just said eff it because it was snowing, and I sprayed the sealant over the acrylic paint on top of a magazine on my kitchen counter. I seriously almost died- I have one window that opens only opens 6 inches, because I’m like 8 stories up and my other window is busted and won’t open. So I had to open the window and put on the fan and the whole house still smelled like spray paint and was full of this lethal fog/steam. I walked the dog to get out of the toxic hotbox and when I came back up, the entire floor was full of spray paint haze and smell. I’m surprised nobody called the cops. My tastebuds are still only at like 85%.
Anyway, that’s it!
Finished product, modeled really heterosexually by TJ.
Are you going to custom-paint a pouch? Probably not now, after I’ve made it sound so appealing. Leave a comment fools, I know you’re reading this because I get analytics on my phone.