Tips & How To

The following links are from past posts that detail how I created my memorial purse for my grandmother and some inspiration posts to help you get started. Remember, the sky is the limit with creativity, so don’t be limited to my suggestions. Any style or technique is welcome! Try something new and make your purse truly unique and fitting to your beloved female lost to cancer.

The steps I took in creating the purse in memory of my grandmother: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/making-an-altered-purse-for-the-purses-project/

A short writing activity to prompt memories: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/making-an-altered-purse-for-the-purses-project/

Preparing a purse for paint: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/making-an-altered-purse-for-the-purses-project/

How to begin a purse for the project: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/getting-started-on-a-purse/

How I added my grandmother’s name to the purse with hand-stitching: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/adding-her-name-how-to-a-clumsy-attempt-at-sewing/

How to add personal objects to the purse: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/adding-personal-objects-to-the-purse/

Where to find a purse: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/where-do-i-find-a-purse/

Inspiration for adding lettering to the purse: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/inspiring-lettering-adding-her-name-to-the-purse/

How to do a Citrasolv transfer with lettering: https://thepursesproject.wordpress.com/category/how-to-transfer-images-or-lettering-with-citrasolv/

For more inspirational purses and helpful techniques, connect to The Purses Project on Pinterest (click the Pinterest button to the top right side of this page)

If you have any questions, please click on the About Me/Contact Me link on my homepage. I will happily answer any questions.

How do I begin a purse for the project?

The Purses Project is only in the beginning stages and needs your unique story to grow and become a powerful message concerning significant women lost to cancer and the grief we share. If it’s time to tell your story of the remarkable woman you’ve lost to cancer, here’s how you can begin.
HOW DO I BEGIN A PURSE?
• Gather photos, personal items, letters or mementos that belonged to or represent the significant female (photo/color copy the originals). Find a purse that belonged to your significant female or buy a purse that would match her style or taste.
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• Clean the purse with alcohol and a cotton ball and then prime the purse with gesso (found at Michael’s Arts&Crafts). You can skip the priming step if you want to keep the original purse color.
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• Now, let your creativity rule—Paint the background if you wish, and decoupage photos and personal items to the purse surface. Paper items can be easily attached with Mod Podge and heavier items with adhesive such as E6000 (available at Michael’s Arts & Crafts or Home Depot). The purse can be altered or embellished with paint, stamps, stencils, mixed media objects, collage, drawing, sewing and many other art tools and techniques.
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• Names are important in this project, so the full name of the significant female should be in a prominent position on the purse, creatively displayed and easy to read from a viewing distance. Also, the full name of the purse maker should be included on the back of the purse.
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• The purse is open to personal interpretation and should be a visual celebration of the life of the significant woman. Consider not only her family roles but her significance in her culture, community and world.
• When you have finished your purse, please consider submitting the purse for future exhibit purposes or simply upload a picture to the online gallery (under construction). Our goal is to obtain 50 completed purses and seek a gallery for an exhibit.
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Thank you for embarking on this journey. Please contact me if you need support, advice, tips or tricks for completing your purse.
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