I’ve had this beloved Marc Jacobs bag (originally purchased at Neiman Marcus Last Call about 12 years ago) and used it as my main bag for many years. It is still in decent shape (a testament to how very well made it is) though the beautiful magenta color had rubbed off the high traffic areas such as the handle and corners. Because it was looking so worn I’ve had it in storage for a few years, thinking about what to do with it. I knew matching the exact color of leather dye was going to be near impossible, so the idea hit me to just have fun and paint it. Over the holidays I gave myself a gift and did just that. I love how it turned out, as not only have I given my beloved bag new life but it is now an original piece of art as well.
I free-handed the image with a sharpie pen and painted it in acrylic paint. (You could certainly use a stencil or transfer to start your image if you are uncomfortable with that). I also painted ombre’ pinks on the lower part of the worn handles (echoing the peony shades) and matched up the bag’s original color as best I could and rubbed that paint on the other worn areas of the bag that the design did not cover, which turned out quite well. Acrylic paint does great on leather, though if it’s very stiff leather you may need to go over the area with a very fine grit sandpaper first. Darker color leather requires a few layers of paint, and even then the leather color may bleed through light color paint (a bit of pink bled through on some of the white areas on the tiger but I don’t mind it). I really enjoyed this project, it was a nice departure from my very time-consuming oil paintings. I am already planning another project with one of my old leather jackets. Recycling at it’s best! I love the idea of giving new life to well-loved designer bags, and am on the lookout for good candidates for more fun painted bags that I may sell in the future (but this one is just for me :-).
BEFORE (You can see the worn corners)
IN PROGRESS (at the Sharpie drawing stage)
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LAMENT exhibit, artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, at Leon Gallery. CLOSING Saturday Night.
Saturday Night: DENVER ARTS WEEK Night at the Museums! Get into Denver’s best museums FREE from 5-10pm! Includes the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland, the Clifford Still Museum, and much more! HERE is all the info.
Get the Scoopon all the Denver Arts Week happenings HERE.
All the Arts districts will be going Big-Time for this special First Friday! Here is the run-down of openings and events courtesy of DenverArts.org:
Albert Chong: The Photomosaics: Works on Paper, Wood, and Stone
Courtesy of Counterpath Gallery
OK kids, it’s our favorite time of the month, FIRST FRIDAY! All the Arts Districts in Denver (Santa Fe, Rino, Golden Triangle) will be in full swing. Yea I know, it’s chilly. Time to break out the Fall boots and sweaters and go see some art!
In addition to all the art happenings, there is also the (Free) The Four Mile Historic Park Pumpkin Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th from 10am to 4pm. The festival is located at 715 South Forest Street. Yes, Halloween is a mere 4 weeks away, time to pick out the perfect pumpkin.
OK, I know this one isn’t free, but MCA is only $5 after 5pm. They are open till 9pm on Fridays, and there is a very entertaining, interactive exhibit at the museum right now. You might want to hurry, as it closes this Sunday. www.mcadenver.org.
And…here is a BIG Downtown Denver Parking tip: The massive parking garage across 15th from MCA is only $3 after 4pm, every day. Best Parking Deal in Town! You can walk just a couple short blocks to 16th street and jump on the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle too. It’s also about a block from Union Station. If you haven’t been since it reopened, you owe it to yourself to go. It’s beautiful. Hint: Take your parking ticket (the one the machine spits out at you at the entry gate) with you, because you’ll pay for the parking upon your return at a standing kiosk next to the elevator in the lobby, not at the car exit.
Without further ado, here is the Art Lineup, courtesy of denverarts.org…
I know I’ve been neglecting you of late, and for that I apologize. The main reason is I just returned from that big crazy arts festival in the desert where we burn things, otherwise known as Burning Man. I brought my Black Rock Portrait Project out there once again, and the prep work for that and for the trip itself was hugely time-consuming, among other things. But I’m back! And here with your September First Friday line-up and awesome Free stuff to do this weekend…
My Favorite Pic for the Weekend…Saturday’s TOUR DE FAT Free Freaky Adult Fun in the Park (City Park that is) with live music, games, and bikes bikes bikes. Bike ride registration is at 10am, the fun in the park rolls all day long. See the full schedule HERE.
Saturday is the monthly Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
September is a BIG First Friday night in Denver! The Arts Districts will be in full swing tonight. The weather is cool, so break out your favorite Fall sweater and boots and go see some art tonight. Here is the First Friday line-up courtesy of Denverarts.org…
Be sure and check out the Heads of Hydra photography exhibit, closing this Saturday. Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in the Rino Arts District.
It’s time for the best Free Date-Night in Denver, First Friday!
Artist Jessica Spring, Courtesy of Abecedarian Gallery
I know, I know. It’s cold out. It snowed today. Well quit your grousing, the snow will melt by tomorrow night. Put on a coat and go see some art!
Friday: All the Art Districts in Denver will be in full First-Friday mode. Santa Fe District, RINO District, Tennyson District…get out and have some fun. AND you’ll definitely want to hit the AFTER-PARTY at Redline from 8-11pm. Great venue, great artists, and they only do this a few times a year.
Saturday: FREE DAY at the Denver Art Museum, AND PENNY SATURDAY at the MCA! While you’re at the MCA, treat yourself to a coffee at the roof-top cafe’. It’s one of my favorite spots in Denver. You’ll thank me.
Have a great weekend everyone!
There are some great-looking openings this week. Here is the line-up, courtesy of Denverarts.org:
This weekend I unified the art on the “Art Wall” by simply painting the frames. A hodge-podge of thrift store frames is made to look a bit more professional by painting them all the same color. In this case I chose black, as there were already a few black frames on the wall. And I like black. Yes, you will notice a couple new frames and a new screen print. I snagged these at a garage sale this morning (screen print $5, frames $2 each).
First, I removed everything from the frames and cleaned the dust off. Then it was off to the back yard on a rare Spring-like day in February to do a little spray painting. I used 2X Cover in Black Gloss by Rustolium. I love this paint. Two coats, no priming, worked great.
It’s that time of the month again, First Friday! Don’t let the sprinkles stop you, grab your umbrella and let’s go…
(Image from the Octopoda Invitational Show, LOVE Gallery)
There are a ton of great openings this week, though my top pick is the Octopoda Invitational at LOVE Gallery, 570 Inca. I have a real thing for low-brow art, and I’m excited about this show. I’ll also be heading to Pirate, it looks like a good one.
Take Note: Tuesday the 11th is FREE DAY at the Clifford Still Museum!
And if all that Free-ness isn’t enough for you, There are TWO FREE DAYS at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Monday & Tuesday.
Now on to the ART…
There are a heap of good-looking openings on Friday night, though I’ll be narrowing it down to “Small Works” at Gallery 1261, 25 Years of Open Press at McNichols, and Evan Mann at Ironton. My top pick Saturday Night is the opening at Redline, “A New Attitude: Chen Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women” Reception is open to the public at 7-10pm. (Get more information on these shows and more below)
Here is the full line-up of Art Happenings, Courtesy or DenverArts.org: (click the individual links for more info on each show)