HOW TO MAKE… COIN PURSES
Four 24 x 34cm (9 x 133/ 8") pieces of primed artists’ canvas (ours was from www. jacksonsart.com) Large paint brush Medium paint brush Small paint brush Fine paint brush Acrylic paint in fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow, fluorescent red, turquoise, green, black and white White enamel paint Leather craft glue Craft knife Masking tape Leather awl Leather punch Hammer Two sets of press fasteners Spray acrylic varnish Cardboard Metal ruler Black fine liner pen Loose change is no small matter when you’ve got a standout purse to stash it in. For this mini make, there’s one simple envelope design and two different ways to decorate it – brush up on your painting techniques and opt for wild, freestyle splatters, or daub yourself a neat ombré strawberry.
As they’re bijou, these purses are best suited to housing coins, cards and lippy, but you could easily size it up to make an amazing clutch bag.
01 Using the image as a guide, and mixing the colours as you see fit, paint two pieces of artists’ canvas with the fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow and turquoise paints. To achieve this loosely painted look, work quickly and freely and don’t try to be too precise. Allow to dry.
02 Take the two painted canvas pieces outside as this step can be very messy. Mix black paint with a small amount of water and splatter both pieces, as shown. Again, don’t try to be too precise. Allow to dry.
03 Using a large paint brush, spread glue on the back of both painted canvas pieces, going all the way to the edges. Place the glued sides together, aligning the edges, and flatten it with your hands to squeeze out any air bubbles. Place under a stack of books to keep it flat, then leave it to dry for 24 hours.
04 Cut out the template on page 99 and place it on top of the painted canvas. Draw around the template using a fine liner pen. Using the metal ruler and craft knife, cut the canvas along the lines and cut a small notch in each corner.
05 Cut two 12 x 8cm (4 x 31/ 8") pieces of cardboard and tape them
together to make a thickness of 0.5cm ( "). Wrap the bottom and two sides of the canvas around the cardboard. Using the leather awl, make a hole in the centre where all three sides meet.
06 Next, spray varnish on both sides of the canvas, leaving each side to dry before turning over.
07 On a hard surface, use the leather punch to enlarge the holes made by the awl. Fold the bottom and sides back in, then attach the positive sides of a press fastener to join them, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Fold the top of the purse over and make a hole using the awl where the negative side of the fastener needs to sit. Enlarge the hole using the leather punch, then attach the negative sides of the fastener.
08 Use the fluorescent red, fluorescent pink and white paints to paint an ombré effect on the two remaining canvas pieces. Start with red at the bottom, pink in the middle and white at the top. Work quickly, as the once the paint begins to dry, it’s hard to create the blended effect. Repeat Steps 3-5.
09 Cut out the leaves from the templates on page 99 and draw around them on the white end of the canvas using a pencil. Tape over the drawn leaves. Using a craft knife, gently score just outside the pencil lines and carefully peel the tape away, leaving a stencil.
10 Paint the leaves green, then peel the tape away. If the paint has bled beneath the tape, tidy it up with a small paint brush. Once dry, repeat Steps 9 and 10 on the other side, then repeat Step 6.
11 Place the template from page 99 on top of the purse, lining up the edges, and pierce the template on each dot with the leather awl. Using the black fine liner pen, mark each dot on the purse through the pierced template holes.
12 Using the enamel paint, a fine paint brush, and the image as a guide, paint a small white seed over each black dot on the purse. Once dry, turn over and repeat Steps 11 and 12 on the other side of the purse. Once both sides are dry, repeat Step 7 to finish.
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