- It's a great way to create something CUSTOMIZED to my personal taste
- It guarantees that no one else will have the same item as me
- It's better for the environment! Less is going to end up the landfill if I am not just throwing it out, or even just buying new things. Manufacturing leaves a carbon foot print, too, so reducing our consumerism means less demand for manufacturing those goods, and less damage to the planet. (Can you also tell I'm from Seattle?)
I chose a color called "Gift Box Blue" by Angelus (which is obviously Tiffany Blue, but they can't call it that for legal reasons), and then used the High Gloss Acrylic Finisher by Angelus. Click HERE for the paint I used, and HERE for the glossy finish I used.
Tiffany Blue is a tint, which those of you who do DYT (dressing your truth) know is a Type 1 color (and I am a Type 4). But, Type 4s can do ICY tints, aka "shiny" versions of the Type 1 tints, so I decided to GLOSS IT UP. I have literally 4 layers of glossy finish on that thing. It's awesome and the photos don't do it's shiny self any justice.
The hardware was also brass/bronze so I used nail polish to paint the metal hardware and the zipper, and a black sharpie to color the fabric part of the zipper. I would say that part was way more annoying than the 4 coats of paint and the 4 coats of gloss.
BUT IT LOOKS AWESOME!
And my laptop fits in it! That's my litmus test for any bag that isn't basically miniature. I only have 2 purse sizes: ridiculously small and fits just my wallet, phone, and keys and only just barely; or fits my laptop and 4 notebooks. All sizes inbetween are worthless to me.
Have you done any re-fashioning projects lately? If you're looking for more inspiration, the DYT site has videos too!
Have a happy 4th of July if you're American, and have a terrific Thursday if you're not!