I get weird ideas sometimes. I had an urge to buy an old piece of luggage and paint something on it. I’ve learned to just go with it and see how it turns out. I found this bag on Etsy for about $25. (From Mail Order Vintage‘s shop specifically, if you want to search for some good stuff to alter.) It looks like it’s never been used, so I’m not sure if I should think of it as new or vintage.
Here’s what it looked like when it arrived. My daughters thought it was hideous, but I kind of like it’s offbeat salmon color.
I originally wanted to paint a quote on it, “Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” But I got tired even thinking about cutting out a stencil like that, and the textured vinyl bag was going to give me fits trying to keep paint from oozing underneath a stencil. Lots of curvy letters could be a nightmare! I decided to keep things simple and cut a Twitter bird body and main section of branch from a piece of Contact paper. I pressed it down as best I could against the grain of the vinyl.
Can you see it?
This just gave me the starting point, which I filled in with brown fabric paint, chosen because it’s flexible when dry. The rest was freehanded after I carefully peeled off the Contact paper. Sealed with a little matte varnish, I hope it will be durable. In the next few months I’ll be traveling to Tennessee, North Carolina and New York, so we’ll see.
I’m happy to give something old a second chance, and happy to have a one-of-a-kind bag that suits me so well!