Whenever we’re travelling, I’m always so envious of people with really groovy luggage, so I decided to paint mine. I’d seen a few instances of it on the ‘net, mostly artist’s carry-on bags, but I decided to paint my biggest piece of luggage. Sure, why not; never done it before; how hard can it be?? Well, it turns out that it’s not hard at all!! I used artist-quality acrylic paints, and I am SO happy with these two pieces! In hindsight, it might’ve been smarter to do them both in a theme, so that they looked like they matched, but I’m over that….maybe next time….
Some things I learned as I was doing it:
– Do a couple of coats of Gesso before you start laying down color, or you will waste a LOT of color. My luggage is soft-sider, and the material just sucked the paint up like a sponge.
– Be patient and really let it dry between coats, or you will lay your arm in the wet paint and smear it and make a hellish mess.
– Make sure you paint it at least 2 weeks before you intend to use it so that the paint has time to “cure”.