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eTeam Picks Challenge–Altered Bag

2014 February 24

Good Monday folks!  I am happy to report that yes, I did get to spend Sunday in my art studio.  I worked on my project for eP’s eTeam Picks challenge for February.  Toni challenged us to alter a bag.  Any kind of bag!   I am going to be honest, the mojo wasn’t there.  And altering the bag was somewhat harder than I thought it should be, lo.  By the time I walked out of my studio last night, the bag was not finished which explains why there was no early morning post.  Walking away from a project is the BEST thing one can do.  I took the bag and a few art supplies with me to work and tried to “fix” the face. 

The bag started out like this:


The first thing I did was cover it with several coats of gesso.  Next came several layers of Dylusions Ink Sprays, paints and stencils, as well as a layer of paint applied with a brayer.


I honestly didn’t know what I was going for, but decided to sketch a face.  Once she was sketched, I filled in her face and shoulders with paint.  Using gelatos, big brush markers and water soluble oil crayons to try to get the shading right.  You know me, I use everything in my art arsenal to try to get the result I want…….and the end result, modeled by my oldest granddaughter, Emma:






I love tote bags and will probably do another one.  One thing I learned (the hard way) is that the inks and paints take longer to dry on a bag and that I should cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the bag.  But it was fun and once I spray the bag with a fixative, I’ll be using it to tote my art stuff or my yarn in it. 


Now, just because I altered a canvas tote bag, doesn’t mean you have to do a tote bag (although you should try it, it’s fun).  Any kind of a bag……. paper lunch bag, glassine bags……so join us in this fun challenge.  For some wonderful inspiration head over to the eP blog to check out Toni’s project and get all the details for this challenge.  Can’t wait to see what you decide to alter!

Until next time…..

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5 Responses
  1. February 24, 2014

    Oh Micki, she is just gorgeous!!  What an amazing altered bag and what a cute bag model!!

  2. February 25, 2014

    What a fabulous project.

  3. February 25, 2014

    Stunning!  Love the way you've used your bag as a canvas. It's ready to go in a frame now! Love your background and that face is just gorgeous! I'm sure you're really going to enjoy using this. I can hear the compliments flowing, get ready for some orders ! X

  4. February 25, 2014

    Seriously?!!  This turned out fabulous! (and your model did a wonderful job of showcasing your work!! :)


  5. February 27, 2014

    Micki, the face is GORGEOUS and I LOVE the BG and all of the stencils you used!  FAB creation!

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