Did I need this? You bet! I LOVE trying new things and experimenting with fabrics and paints. This is a prototype of a line of purses, wallets and tote bags that I am working on. Since the pieces in question will be secured with Velcro, I am going to make some clay embellishments (think cabochons) to adhere to them. I have some very good glue called "The Ultimate" that seems to work well for this type of application. Since I don't yet have those "hand made by me in the pottery class" things, I used a stone piece I had in my studio.
I started by painting some canvas fabric with house paint and acrylics. That was the most fun! I have some large pieces of fabric so on they floor they went and I started smearing and dripping and smooshing paint until it looked the way I wanted. The best way to smear paint on a large surface is to pour it on and move it around with a plaster trowel. Each piece is about nine square feet. After it was dry I cut it in pieces and assembled this very cool wallet. The center of this tri-fold will hold credit cards and the bottom section is for bills. I also added some stamped images and stitched it all together with black thread. It is like carrying your very own piece of original art work! I have a tote bag in the making that I will show you in another post. I would like to think about creating a line of these funky and edgy accessories. I need some help naming the line. Do you have any suggestions? I came up with "The Gallery Collection" but seemed a little boring for such fun stuff!