For all your multitasking needs, I present you my most recent love in the DIY world, courtesy of the lovely Just B. As you must know, the Celine pouch was and still is a big effing deal. But let’s be honest, I don’t have the money to blow on it, especially considering I’m on my shopping hiatus (for the record I’m one day in and struggling). This image has been floating around the internet and apparently sparked her desire to make her own pouch.
These pictures are not of my actual pouch, which I’ll make with the American Apparel pouch in the color “tan” with a red stripe. I also want to make one in a lavender purple or maybe a pale pink and maybe do sort of tribal diagonal black stripes. I’m not sure yet, but the ideas keep pouring out of my brain!
1. Gather your life into a 3×3 foot area. You need an American Apparel Pouch, or something similar, white acrylic paint, and the acrylic paint of your choice, a paint brush, painter’s tape, acrylic coating spray, and a new playlist from 8tracks, and if you’ve never checked 8tracks out, you need to.
2. Tape off the area you want to be your bright color with the painter’s tape, either by measuring or eyeballing it.
3. Mix a bit of water into your white paint, and brush downwards onto the leather. You need some water to help the paint adhere to the leather. (For the record, I did do some research, and acrylic paint is the proper paint to use on leather, so it shouldn’t flake or peel).
4. After the white almost fully dries, paint over the white with your bright color, with no water added to it. The white acts as a primer to your color, and depending on the color leather you use, you may still need to do more than 2 coats. Just B used a blow dryer to make the coats move along faster, and she also said it works great for getting the coats to dry evenly.
5. When you’re satisfied with the level of saturation of your bright color, cover the non-painted leather of your pouch with a magazine or newspaper, and follow the directions on your glossy clear acrylic spray to cover the rough feeling of the acrylic paint, and give it a smooth texture like the rest of the pouch! Let sit (untouched) for at least 2 hours, or whatever your acrylic spray says (listen to it! It knows the plan!). And enjoy!