Sunday 11 October 2015

Calico bag

Another post inspired by the latest Paperartsy challenge on the theme of wearable art.

I bought a plain, calico bag for £1 at Hobbycraft a while ago and decided to paint and embellish it.

I started by putting a plastic carrier bag inside the bag so that my paint would not go through to the back and to stop it from sticking together.
I painted one side with white gesso and then painted with my brightest fresco paints, including the new Captain Peacock. I tried to stamp on top with black archival using LP CO22, but it didn't stamp clearly enough. So, I stamped onto tissue and then stuck them down with Claudia Helmuth Matte medium. I stencilled a few words and finished off with a bit of scribble using my Black Fudeball pen.
Finally, I added a small picture to the back of the bag. I sealed the artwork by brushing more Matte medium over the top.
A useful make in the week that carriers are now costing 5p.

I am entering this into the PA challenge.


  1. Fab bag Hazel, love the random lines xxx

  2. fantastic bag Hazel, great colours and patterns.

  3. Love the vibrancy of this, and the single girl on the other side, fab idea. I too bought one of these bags in Hobbycraft some time back, I will have to " dig" it out and show it some colour X

  4. This is totally amazing hazel, arty, colourful, striking and useful,

    Lucy x

  5. Love your beautiful, colourful bag Hazel! xxx