Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gypsy bag

I dropped my brand new Ipad 2. The glass front looked like
a beautiful spider web. 
 #!#@!*%# 
I didn't appreciate the beautiful nature looking artwork
that spread across the screen.
I was juggling my usual arm load of stuff from the car into the house. My gym clothes, sneakers, purse, papers, mail, and balanced in my arms (somewhere) was my
(did I already say) 
brand new Ipad. I needed a way to carry
all this daily stuff that I transport.


 I had a gift card to "Shoppes at Somerset", so I began hunting for a canvas bag. I found the perfect size to hold everything, PLUS a great pocket on the side for the slippery, and now
newly replaced  Ipad. 


 Perfect, yes in size,  but a plain, ecru colored, canvas bag.
First thing I did was dye it black. Then I proceeded to find fabrics that worked well together. I knew I could customize it (above photo) with all kinds of details, like the pencil and brush holders that I sewed down.


 I used an "Iron On Webbing" to secure the fabrics where I wanted them to stay. Some of the fabrics I coffee stained, stamped or hand painted a design.


This angel I painted, is a very (very) loose interpretation of a "James Christensen", and was the color inspiration for the bag. I love the jewel tones of golds, purples and deep reds.


I added lots of embellishments, like the "Make Art" and the pretty dyed silk ribbons shown above.


I don't think I'm done working on this carry-all yet. The 'add on's' are waaaay too much fun. I think I want to add a cluster of crystals to one side...

This is the final picture and the top of the bag. There is a strip of velcro that keeps the top
closed and in place. Hopefully now I will not drop my Ipad while carrying it
to work and back again...

5 comments:

  1. WOW - this is one of the prettiest bags I've ever seen. And that angel is amazing! Anytime you feel the need to make another, just let me know ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy! It was so much fun! Now I'm off and running in another "art" direction... sewing!
      I wish I could just focus on ONE thing! But I have so much fun making ALL things that I can't stay on track with working in only one medium. Alas, I will never become a legitimate artist!!
      Thanks for checking in on Weirdbirdstudio.
      karen
      xoxo

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  2. Wow Karen it is a beautiful bag!!!!So much talent! What art project did you turn the broken ipad into LOL

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    1. Hahahaha! The broken ipad went back to apple for a replacement. Thanks for keeping up with me! I want to see you, I miss you! I check up on facebook some... the picture of you on the Disney ride was so funny!
      xoxo
      k

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  3. It was nice seeing you again and so glad to also have seen this gorgeous bag, up and close. You are so talented Karen, I love all the colors and texture and WOW the little painting you did, my fav part of the bag.
    xxx
    Marlene

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