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Artful Thursday – Quick Collage Project

June 3, 2010

It’s a good thing I have storage space in my house, because this is a big project that I had set aside years ago. I found this round suitcase at a yard sale and couldn’t pass it up:

round suitcase makeover 1

In hindsight, I guess I should have spray painted it a bright color and been finished already, but as I recall, I had these stickers and was doing paper crafting demonstrations at a shop, so I was in this collage frenzy at the time. Needless to say, I recall that the above picture took me hours upon hours to assemble, no wonder I put it in storage and never completed it! After uncovering it in my basement, I discovered an entire side needing some artful help:

round suitcase makeover 2

The sheets of bird tissue paper I mentioned in yesterday’s post came in handy… and in no time at all I had side two finished! I used matte gel medium, spread all over the back of the paper with a used gift card (easier to wash and to cover bigger areas with than using a paint brush). One sheet was cut in strips to cover the edges, and a big circle made quick work of the center:

round suitcase makeover 3

After I took this photo, I cut out around the blue taped logo on the center and rubbed some gold translucent paint all over the other side. I don’t even remember what color the hardware is under all that blue tape… probably silver. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know what kind of shape the inside is in. This weekend I should get a chance to spray paint the handle and add a gloss varnish the case a couple of times – next week I should have completed pictures up and I’ll be ready to use this cutie!

My kids introduced me to a show last week, "I Get That A Lot" - and "Decoupage” (or découpage) keeps ringing in my ears since seeing this:

Happy Artful Thursday!

Artful   Thursdays

To me this is an “old school” project. Do you ever revisit projects that you’ve put away for a long time?


  1. I have a cross-stitch which I never completed. It was a long, long time ago. I still have it but cannot find it in myself to complete it.

  2. The look on the Decoupage lady was very funny. I'm still not saying it correctly ...

  3. WOW tammy, it looks gorgeous!! I am loving it so much!! That bird tissue paper is truely gorgeous! Oh how lucky that you have storage space!! Im wanting more space in my little studio. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  4. great project- don't you love collage :)

  5. Hey there - this is way cool...I posted my artful thursday project too but had to let you know that I am planning some craft shows this summer and just happened to collage some vintage suitcases for re-sell this week too. Not as elaborate as your front side but hey "great minds think alike." I have some pictures to share as well...have fab weekend.

    pretty paper posies


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