March 11, 2013

WEAR: DIY neon striped leather clutch



What's electric blue with neon stripes all over?  Why, the ever so versatile and chic day clutch!  We featured our first DIY painted day clutch here - but now it's back with a fun and bright twist in time for Spring.  You can never have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to bags and shoes, right? 

Inspiration: Bee (Blair Eadie) from Atlantic-Pacific





Materials you'll need: 
  • glossy acrylic paint 
  • liquid gesso (preps the surface for paint to adhere to leather)
  • small paint brush
  • foam brush
  • painting bowl 
  • painter's tape
  • large leather pouch (mine is from American Apparel) 



Directions:

Make sure the surface of your bag is clean and dry.  Measure the placement of the stripes across your pouch (the best way is to start out with the center panel placement width, then work your way out from there).  Use painter's tape to tape off the widths of the stripes.  

Prep the area where the stripes will be with liquid gesso by dabbing it on with the foam brush.  Wait about 5 minutes for it dry.  

Pour the paint into a painting bowl (just enough to cover the bottom).  Paint your desired colors within the marked off area inside the tape.  Wait about 5 minutes between each coat.  Paint as many coats as needed for the look that you want (I used 3-4 coats).

Let your pouch dry in a well ventilated area over night.  Afterwards, carefully take off the tape and voila!  If the paint happened to bleed a little bit, you can make touch ups with a painters pen or fine tip paintbrush.



Coat: Burberry //  Pleather Pants: H&M // Clutch:  American Apparel (DIY) // Shoes: Topshop  // Nails: Essie - Coral Reef

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