Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Video and a WIP

For those of you not participating in the sketchbook challenge I thought I'd share this great video from Diana Trout.  Its an exercise to get you drawing and looks like a lot of fun to do.

I've been working on a canvas Messenger bag to hold a sketchbook and a few other things. I got the idea from my friend Jolene, you can see her bag here

The pattern comes from this magazine and was designed by Lisa Englebreight

This is what the finished bag looked like in the magazine.

Here is a sneak peak on my work in progress.  First are some pieces of canvas painted in blue, turquoise and purple, which are my favorite colors

After Jolene had made her bag she suggested lining it. When you paint on canvas it can leak to the other side and really looks messy.  So I am going to add this fabric as lining.

I really do not know how to do lettering but that never stops me from trying.  I pulled out  a speedball pen and nib and tried a sample in black and it seemed too stark,  So I headed to Michaels to look for colored ink and the colors I found were not all that great.  So I pulled out my faber-castell brush pens and tried the word artist in them.  I like the look of all the different colors so I think I will use those pens to do the lettering.  Now to decide what words I write on it and to put the bag together.  I'll post the finished project soon.

You can see the finished bag here


  1. looking great!
    i'm off to see the video now!

    ciao bella

    creative carmelina

  2. your bag is going to be beautiful! i love your color choices. thanks for sharing the video.

  3. Love how the bag is turning out! Your canvas is beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished product.

  4. By the way, that book looks like someone spilled a half gallon of water on it. Not saying any names...just saying. :) OK! Fine! It was me!

  5. Your bag is going to be fantastic! You're so good at making/sewing things.

    I watched that video and thought it looked like fun and a good way to loosen up a little.

  6. will come back to see video. Saw that bag in that mag and wondered about making it. yours looks very cool. enjoy!


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