Monday, April 18, 2011

B Bright: DIY color block pouch


Everywhere you look Celine pouches are somewhere to be found, lusted or dreamed of. I myself had a moment of weakness drooling over the leather pieces held together by thread and a zipper shown here. Also, where I found a least expensive alternative achieving the same look. When I saw a photo of a color block Celine pouch (pinned here) I knew that's what I wanted. One bright neon block on the bottom of my pouch. So I quickly picked up one from American Apparel and got to work. Here is how I achieved the look:

Step one: All you need is a leather pouch, acrylic paint in white and the color bright color of your choice, paint brush, painters tape, blow dryer & acrylic coating spray (shown later) and good tunes to listen to

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! Now what else can I paint with neon...

126 comments:

katie. said...

you're so crafty! i love this! can i just have you make me a braided hex bracelet, neon pouch and hippie headband, please? maybe you should start an etsy shop. (kidding.)

Unknown said...

IN love with this! Might just have to try it!

Brianna Traynor said...

Definitely have to try.

Shelby said...

amazing! was gonna do it with the neon duct tape but i love how your painted version looks! doing this as soon as i find a neutral bag!! <3shelby

i just blogged a DIY McQueen clutch you might like... check it out!

http://makemesparkly.blogspot.com/2011/04/diy-mcqueen-clutch.html

Letitia said...

Looks fantastic!
Cannooott wait to try it!

Erica @ Honestly...WTF said...

this is so fabulous!! definitely going to try it out! xx

Unknown said...

I cannot wait to try this out!! I have been looking everywhere for a leather pouch but so far have been unsuccessful. Does anyone know where I can find one??

B said...

Hi Paige! The leather pouch i used is from American Apparel. I believe the color was called stone! You can find a bunch of different colors online now.

SAMANTHA said...

this is fantastic! I really really like your blog :)


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Anonymous said...

great idea :)

The Daily Tiara said...

Great idea! I will have to try that out!

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Unknown said...

Hey there! Just found you thru honestly..wtf and had to start following you. This is SUCH a GREAT idea! :) Looking forward to seeing more great stuff from you.
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Christine Yun said...

Awesome idea. Thanks so much for breaking down the steps for us! So useful!

-Christine
http://trendenvy.blogspot.com

Jac said...

Love the pop of orange. I did a DIY version of the dual pouch envelope clutch in leopard print that I use all the time. Your color block clutch has me wanting to make another one.

Cylia said...

such a good idea:)! I need an AA pouch soon!:)

the secret of fashion said...

What a good Idea, love it!xx

TIMELESS IS MORE said...

well done, it looks amazing! Thanks so much i'll try it out!

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Nomadic D. said...

I had no idea you could use acrylic paint on leather... think of all the possibilities! This is a great tutorial, brilliant, thanks so much!

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Bianca said...

Amazing!

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New York Don't Leave Me said...

Wow...that's simple? does the color rub off at all??

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Selina. said...

amazing! But doesn't the color fade or rub off when it is raining or something?

love, selina

Unknown said...

WOW! Great DIY! I'll try it :)
New follower! Love your blog ;)

Carolina Hardy said...

omg! I totally love it! you are so creative! I love your blog! now following!

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celene ♥ said...

loveeeeeeee this idea. will be trying it out soon ! great blog.
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B.COLELLA said...

GENIUS! Doing this asap lol love your blog!

Chloe Mia said...

This amazing such a great idea!

Ashley said...

love the idea!! i prob will do it sometime this week

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Ingrid said...

Such a simple idea and so well executed! Thanks for sharing!

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Bravissima said...

such a great idea... congrats!!

TL said...

Totally tried this out today, and it was awesome. Now I want to make more!

Karenina said...

Lovely! I just reblogged the image and have directed curious readers to you. Thanks for the inspiration!

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seriously so perfect. thanks for sharing!

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Unknown said...

I need to try this, the neon orange is gorgeous!

Sharon Lei said...

Holy smokes.. what a fabulous DIY! ;) Thanks for sharing.. definitely a must try and super easy peasy!

xx Love & Aloha

Jennifer S. said...

what a fantastic idea!!!

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Amber Interiors said...

Wowza! I will be highjacking this idea for certain! What a smarty pants

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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

LOVE it! i just painted three neon diy projects for my office and then started thinking maybe i went TOO neon! was on my way back for more paint today and now i may have to try this too! =)

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Ninnis said...

Thank you for the DIY tutorial!

<3Ninnis

LV said...

OMG! Love this! I am insired by your creativity and now following your blog.

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InkednSewn said...

I just created my own faux-leather DIY clutch by hand a week ago!!! check out how i made mine :)

I might add this beautiful color blocking technique to my next creation! thanks for the inspiration!


www.inkednsewn.blogspot.com

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Borjana said...

Can't describe how I love this!The color combination is amazing,I'm gonna make one for myself (I made 2 similar to AA's).
Glad I found your blog,following immediately;)
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Hi! I've loved your tutorial so I've wrote a post with this link, I hope that you don't mind!

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Tracy said...

I know what I am going to do today! So brilliant! Fearless also! I am always afraid of ruining something! You inspired me to go for it! LOVE IT!

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Octa Bun said...

Really love it. I will try to make it someday...^^ thanks for the inspiration.

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OH YES !! Exactly what I was looking for ! My next rainy-sunday-project.
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Ottavia said...

You must open an etsy shop! :)

Tanya said...

I really love this idea! I am going to try this with one of leather clutches I made the other day.

Styled Chic said...

Love this idea!

Bridget. said...

I had to tell you...I have this clutch in the same light tan color, but in suede, and, well...

I work in the music industry and was at a show for one of our artists where I had to carry a black sharpie in the clutch in case the artist needed it to sign autographs. It was one of those click it sharpies and wouldn't you guess it, it leaked a big black permanent marker spot on the side of the bag. I was SO UPSET. I took it straight to the dry cleaners to see if they could fix it but they said it was ruined. Today, I discovered this. The black spot is just in a place where I can colorblock-paint over it. I am SO happy. Plus, I like this bag better than the original.
Thank you for saving my clutch!

clauren said...

Just tried this DIY and it turned out awesome! Just wanted to add a suggestion for anyone who tries this, and finds some paint (especially the white) leaked under the tape once they remove it... I took damp q-tips and rubbed (with a fair amount of pressure) off the excess paint. Just make carefully not to touch the tape line!

Alexa said...

Great idea to spruce up any purse. I will definitely be trying this soon.

I wanted to know what brand the glossy acrylic spray was/where it might be sold?

lauren said...

AWESOME!!!

im totally going to paint my own

**** a tip ****
from a painters
if you buy an acrylic glass medium (matte) and put a layer or two on first before the white - it might close up the gaps so you dont have any color leaking under the tape.
just a thought - this is how it works in painting on linen or canvas

-L
www.thesphinxandthemilkyway.com

Chic Therapy said...

oh wow!great idea

Maycie After Five said...

Amazing DIY! I have to try this!

Anonymous said...

uuummm, you just need to make these and sell them because I WANT ONE ASAP and don't want to do all that myself. How much do you charge?

Unknown said...

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Stylifiq said...

love it to bits.. cool
I have been all over your DIY archives and I'm in love

Isabella (Crafter) said...

Love it :)

I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
You're in it, hope thats okay :)
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La Chemise de Peau said...

Great ideia! Love de color :D

G├╝ler said...

my diy neon clutch:) --> http://gkdone.blogspot.com/2012/05/clutch-painting.html

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