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.

Second Purse Finished–Help Me Decide?

Sometimes we don’t need to know all the answers, we just need to START. I started this project trusting that the answers would come if I would just begin. The Purses Project has been an exciting journey into social media, blogging and new art techniques. I still have a long way to go, but I learn something new every day by people sharing their advice and knowledge via blogs, videos, podcasts, twitter, etc.

I currently have a handful of women in the process of making purses for their significant female lost to cancer. I’ve tried to be their faithful guide/encourager through the process but I realized I had a problem. The purse I created for my grandmother was a wooden cigar box purse and NOT the typical leather purse that most women are using for the project. The beauty of this project is there is no right or wrong way to do the purses, but I still felt like I needed to try my hand at painting a leather purse.

Goodwill purse

Goodwill purse

I decided to paint a leather purse so I could know first hand how leather would respond to paint, mediums, glues, etc. Here’s the second purse I created in memory of my grandmother for The Purses Project.

mixed media/altered purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

mixed media/altered purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

This purse has some of the same references as the first purse but there are new images like her car (vintage Falcon), hand stitching, and the powder puffs from the Coty face powder that used to sit on her makeup table. I didn’t add as many photos of her but added more objects that reflect who she was.

Detail of portrait. Mixed media/altered art purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

Detail of portrait. Mixed media/altered art purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

I learned a lot by painting this leather purse and will detail some of the how-to’s in next week’s posts. But first, I need your help–I like both purses, each for different reasons and can’t decide which one to use for the project.

My completed purse for The Purses Project (Jamie Howell)

My completed purse for The Purses Project (Jamie Howell)

mixed media/altered purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

mixed media/altered purse by Jamie Howell for The Purses Project

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? WHICH PURSE DO YOU LIKE? Purse 1 or Purse 2?
I appreciate your time to comment

Altered Purse Artists: Inspiration for The Purses Project

Isn’t the web such a great place to find inspiration? Pinterest made it so easy for me to put together a board devoted to The Purses Project (http://pinterest.com/jamiehowell2/the-purses-project/) with altered purses, art techniques, videos and alternative purses such as book purses! You can see my completed altered purse at the “Getting Started on a Purse” (link to the right). I’ve also found two fantastic blogs with great altered purses and clear how to’s. Follow the links under their photos to see how they created their masterpieces and get your own creative juices flowing for your purse. REMEMBER, don’t forget to add the full name of the woman you are honoring as well as your own name as the purse maker. (see details on category: Getting started on a Purse)

Altered purse by Penny Richards  http://www.flickr.com/ pennyrichardsca

Altered purse by Penny Richards
http://www.flickr.com/ pennyrichardsca


http://sarabatkin.blogspot.com/2010/08/zippedee-altered-purse.html Altered purse by Sara Batkin's Legacy of Love

http://sarabatkin.blogspot.com/2010/08/zippedee-altered-purse.html
Altered purse by Sara Batkin’s Legacy of Love