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Graffiti Freestyle Personalized Bag

By: Elly Pirally
September 27, 2016

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Graffiti Freestyle Personalized Bag
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Personalize your everyday bag using the DecoArt Media line and create your own style with handwritten words and your favorite quotes!

Items needed:

  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 (2 pack - stencil and mask) - Hippy Chic
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Sunburst
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Gloss Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Red
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Yellow Green
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Orange
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Primary Cyan
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Primary Magenta
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Permanent Marker (Metallic Gold)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Faux Leather Bag


Find a suitable faux leather bag. New or old doesn't matter.

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Glue tissue paper (ripped into pieces) to the bag with DecoArt Americana Decou – Page. 

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Prime your bag with a painted layer of White Gesso

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I actually wanted to paint the bag with different colours. Tinting Base is needed to mix and receive opaque colours with Media Fluid Acrylics.  You can continue painting with your choice of colours or skip this step.

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You can also just use the Media Misters if you wish to skip the previous step.

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Spritz and let the paint run so it's up to you and your own freestyle. I used 5 of 8 regular Misters and 1 of 4 Shimmer Misters. 

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With the next steps we're going to paint personality to the bag. Use bubblewrap on some places with Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White and the Andy Skinner Stencil Sunburst with Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Red. Use the Andy Skinner Hippy Chic Stencil (on the back) with Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black.

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Create your own style by handwriting words and quotes with small brushes and different colours.

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Paint hearts and signs of your choice. Outline your words with a permanent marker, if you like.

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Seal the bag with Media Gloss Varnish.

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Here are some detail shots of the project.

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Enjoy your new bag!

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That was fun Elly . Thank you for the tutorial... I always love the things you make! Hugs! deb


September 27, 2016

Wow Elly, what an amazing transformation. I love the bright zingy colours and all the details you added, I bet this fits your personality perfectly xxx

Brenda Brown

September 27, 2016

BRILLIANTLY VIVID, BOLD and BODACIOUS Elly - It's FABULOUSLY FUN!!! What a wonderful project for these incredible paints.... seriously INCREDIBLE paints. Wow. And YOU are so creative - even your writing looks great girl!!! Xj.


September 28, 2016

This is so cool!! Are these spritz the best to use? Do they stick pretty good to the surface? Love this bag!!!!


October 15, 2016

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