Monday, January 19, 2015

Mixed Media Purse - Finnabair Creative Team

Hello Everyone!

I am here he today to share with you all a mixed media purse which I recently created. This small plain balsa wood purse had been sitting in my stash for quite some time, just waiting for the right moment to be given some love and crafting affection. Being a fan of vibrant colours, purses and dangly purse things (I am sure they have a name?), what better project to do than to combine them all together into something amazing. 

To begin I gave the balsa wood bag a light coat of Heavy Gesso (White) and allowed to dry. 

Strips of vintage book paper and washi tape were layered randomly on the front, back and outside edges of the bag. To adhere them to the wood Soft Matte Gel was used. 

To create a small amount of light texture Soft Matte Gel was applied to the outer areas of the bag with a palette knife through the Bubbles stencil. To create the vibrant colour 4 different colours of Dylusions Ink Spray was applied, shading from blue down to green (Calypso Teal, London Blue, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass). 

It is no secret that I love Art Extravagance Texture Paste in Copper Crackle, if you have not used this product yet you really must as it is amazing. On the front of my bag I applied a fairly chunky layer of texture paste and then sprinkled a combination of Copper Glass Glitter, Licorice Glass Beads and small watch parts. I gave them a gentle press to ensure they adhered to the texture paste. With a small amount of Soft Matte Gel I adhered Copper Glass Glitter and Licorice Glass Beads over my material lined Pendant Caps. To finish my Pendant Caps I added two Tassels using jump rings.

Having recently been given a large bag of fabric scraps I used a few different colours to give my bag edges and flower petals a bit more colour. These were adhered to my bag using Soft Matte Gel. A black Faber Castell PITT Pen was used to outline all edges, this included lining all the material, petals, title and my texture paste 'dirt'. 

I almost left the handle in its original state, but nothing wrong with a bit MORE colour right?? the handle was wrapped in various layers of thin strips of material. In order to seal the outer bag and handle I applied a layer of Soft Gloss Gel. Not only did this seal it with an untacky finish it also gave it a lovely gloss lustre. 

To adhere my rusty nails, pendant caps and inner flower mechanicals I used a small amount of 3D Matte Gel. I created a dangly purse thingy (please someone reply and tell me if these 'thingys' have a name) using mechanicals pendant cap, leaves, a key and some random material scraps and ribbon. 

Products Used
Dylusions Ink Spray Calypso Teal

I ask you all to think outside the box as craft can be worn as an accessory, why not give it a try yourself?. Please if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact me, I am more than happy to help out. 

I wish you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~


  1. This is so bright and beautiful... I absolutely adore blues and greens!! I have these delusions sprays but they're at the back of my shelf, I really struggle to use them. Perhaps I'll try again - thanks for the inspiration xx

  2. Hello, Rebecca! I simply love your project! It is stunning and so well composed. The design is cohesive, well composed with beautiful color integration and attention to detail. We have selected you as our FB Designer of The Day for January 19, 2015, and your project is featured on our page . We would love it if you would stop by to say hello and grab the DOD badge (if you like). Congratulations and thanks for sharing your amazing talent.
    Chana Malkah Harris, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Paper Crafting Challenge

  3. Oh this little balsa bag is the cutest thing !! And oh my.. What a lovely result you achieved. LOVE the colors and your design ! You are so extremely talented !!! I ADORE your work !!
    Ps where did you find that awesome bag ??
    Thank you for sharing your creativity. It means a lot to many people....
    Hugs from Monica.. Spain