A couple of months ago my friend Sue found this old black leather bag for me.
It doesn’t look like much in that photo, but I knew I could dress it up with a stencil.
The trick with stenciling something like this is being able to provide some support behind the surface you are stenciling. In this case I laid the case on its side and filled it up with a stack of large books so that I would have a firm, flat surface for stenciling.
I stenciled it with Ceramcoat acrylic craft paint in Deep Taupe. I know it appears white next to the black, but trust me. It’s this color …
This is one of my favorite tricks for stenciling on black. If you use a white paint the contrast will be much more stark.
I used just the lower portion of a stencil that I purchased from Maison de Stencils (and I noticed it just happens to be on sale at the moment).
Sue tells me that the person selling this bag said it was actually used as a doctor’s bag. It is quite old, but unfortunately not in the greatest of shape. You wouldn’t be able to use it as a bag anymore. The zipper is broken and the leather handles are starting to give way.
But it works perfectly if you just want to use it as decor.
I filled it with crumpled paper to give it some shape and then I stitched the opening closed since the zipper wasn’t functional.
It looks great on a stack of vintage suitcases …
It has a bit of a spooky feel which is perfect for this time of year.
Adding a quick stencil is a super easy way to give something just a little more interest, don’t you think?