Sharpie Bags

If you’ve hung out with me at events since I’ve lived in Somerville you may have caught some of my sharpie tattoos. I have fun doing them, and making a wash of color on skin is pretty rewarding in its own right.

Couple of sharpie tattoos at Somerville Open Studios 2014.

Couple of sharpie tattoos at Somerville Open Studios 2014.

I can’t remember who it was, but someone suggested I should try out sharpies on leather since it’s a bit more permanent. I sat on that statement for a couple years before coming up with a solution to the issue. Bags. Bags about all over the place and if I got my hand on some then skin is pretty much similar to leather, right? So I set about putting sharpie on bags.

One of the first bags I did in May 2015. It has since found a new home.

One of the first bags I did in May 2015. It has since found a new home.

The only problem with sharpies is that metallics do not want to stay put for very long, and they don’t show up very well on dark colors. There are a whole host of leather paints that can help with that. I sold my favorite bag to date at the Somerville Local Artists Market (SLAM) at the Burren in December.

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Upcycled handbag that I painted this summer and sold at SLAM Dec 2015.

Bags are a fun medium because there’s only so much space to play with, it’s like paper with contortion tricks. I have some upcycled bags up at my shop for the gander. I keep an eye out for pretty leathers to alter on a regular basis.

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