How to give your handbag a facelift with Angelus Paints

Last week, I decided to give my ordinary-looking handbag a facelift. I received my Angelus paints from the U.S. a few months ago and I never really got the chance to test them out. For my non-artist readers, Angelus is known for its quality acrylic leather paints. I just wanted to give them a try and see for myself why it’s dubbed the most trusted brand in leather painting.

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  1. To prepare your leather for customizing, wet a piece of cloth with the Angelus  Deglazer and dab it around the area you want to apply paint on.  According to their website, it breaks down the original finish of the leather and makes the Angelus paints adhere better.


2. For this project, I decided to paint my mom’s favourite flowers: Magnolia. Once the leather is dry,  I start sketching the outline using a pencil. In the video, you can see how I swapped my normal pencil to a black coloured pencil just so I can have a clearer guide when I start applying the paint.

Here’s a quick timelapse video of me doing the outline.

3. I wasn’t able to capture the painting process on video, but I promised I will do it on my next bag project. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out and I just enjoyed the process. I did a lot of layers for this one, just ‘coz it was my first time. After the very last and final layer, I sealed my work with this Angelus Satin Acrylic Finisher.

Review after one week of using the handbag:

So far, I have used the handbag a couple of times and the paint hasn’t cracked nor peeled yet. The paints are rich in color, and they were easy to mix as well. I am planning to add more colors very soon just to save time from mixing. Overall, I’m quite happy with how it turned out considering this is my first ever attempt at painting a leather handbag.

Now I have a unique tote bag that I can use for running errands, in style 🙂


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