Some of you know that I wanted to rid myself of the color of
my Harbor Freight beige sketch bag, as I am not a beige-kinda-gurl,
and had one failed experiment with De Atramentis Document Turquoise ink.
The ink never-ever stopped coming off on my hands and everything else no matter what
salt-vinegar-wuujuu magic I did, and after letting it dry two weeks.
DO NOT USE WATERPROOF
FOUNTAIN PEN INK!
Undaunted, I bought another beloved $11 tool bag from Harbor Freight.
I mean, I love this bag because it holds an A4 Moleskin easily plus pens and brushes and watercolors and my wallet, and sits flat on the floor. I may have to add shoulder strap someday, but for now, it doesn’t get better than this.
Except the color…
See, beige. No color at all.
This time I went the safe route, buying Rite Dye in Marigold… ROTFL at that name for the insipid color it became even though I doubled the amount for this itty-bitty bag.
Disgusting weird yellow.
Blech on weird yellow dye.
I snipped some of the side tool parts so that I had a couple of long pockets.
Finally I brought out the Golden Dairylide Yellow Acrylic Paint and Golden’s GAC,
which helps it become fabric friendly. I sponged the entire outside of the bag with the paint, and let it dry. It is still a bit stiff, but it is not coming off, and I like the color.
LOVE the color!
And it holds my Moleskin!
A nd it will not get lost
in a crowd of artists!
©D. Katie Powell.
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