Sunday, May 22, 2011

DIY Goyard Stripe Clutch from American Apparel

While on agirlnamedbong this afternoon I came across this DIY project I have added to my list of have to do's asap!!
                      (American Apparel clutch DIY with Goyard Stripes image from gens favorite.)

Do it yourself steps shown below, from Just B.
What you will need:
A leather pouch...
(These are from American Apparel and they come in three sizes and all different colors... 
Small $48.00 Medium $60.00 Large $80.00)

Acrylic paint in white and the color bright color of your choice
Paint brush, Painters tape, Blow dryer & Acrylic coating spray (shown later) 

Step two: Mark off the area you want to paint with painters tape. If you are a real perfectionist you can measure it out to make sure it is even on both sides or trust your insticts and eye ball it like I did.

Step three: Mix white acrylic paint with a bit of water for first layer to help it adhere to the leather. Start brushing onto leather from tape down to avoid too much leakage under the tape. (As tedious as you can be I'm sorry to say this still happens.)

Step four: After the white dries, bring out the neon guns and do the same without water added. The white acts as a primer so that your color will pop bright against the muted leather. I used a blow dryer during this process because I couldn't take the waiting in between layers to paint. Works miraculously to get an even coat.

Step five: When you're finally satisfied with the painted color cover the non painted leather with paper or cover with a magazine of some sort. Last minute I didn't like the feeling of the rough paint so ran to the craft store for glossy acrylic spray coat. This helps protect the paint from water and wear while also giving it a soft smooth finish like the leather!

Let dry for 2 hours untouched and you're done!

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