DIY Artsy Canvas Pouch

Spicing up plain and basic accessories doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. It's all about easy techniques like this one that can transform an item. Inspired by a $215 version at Anthropologie, this project is ideal for the creative lady looking for a simple project with major impact. It's so easy that even beginner crafters can take this one on. The best part is that it costs no more than $10–15 to make!

Finished artsy canvas pouch
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Things You'll Need

  • Foam paintbrush

  • Bristled flat paintbrush

  • Round tip paintbrush

  • Canvas pouch

  • Acrylic paint (at least three colors and black)

Supplies for the artsy canvas pouch
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The original project inspiration features yellow, blue, and red. If you're not into this color palette, simply pick three colors that better suit your taste and style.

Step 1

Using a dry foam paintbrush, apply the first color of acrylic paint along the top of the clutch. Create short downward strokes across the clutch, stopping just past halfway.

Paint the first color
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Step 2

Apply two lines of the second color along the bottom. The first line can be created by dragging the tip of the foam paintbrush across the clutch. The second can be made by creating short diagonal brushstrokes.

Add the second color
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Step 3

Using the bristled flat paintbrush, apply the third color. Create a criss-cross of two thick lines on the right-hand side.

Apply the third color
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Step 4

To complete your artsy pouch, apply splotches of black acrylic paint with the round tip paintbrush. Don't think too much about placement and size; keep it random and organic. The black paint should look like ink blots spontaneously dropped onto the clutch.

Dab black paint onto the pouch
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Step 5

Leave the clutch to dry completely.

Let the paint dry
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Once the paint has completely dried, your new canvas pouch is ready to take out on the town. You can easily use it as a clutch to store your everyday essentials. Other ideas include storing electronic devices such as tablets or electronic readers. It's also perfect for separating items in a backpack or suitcase. Regardless of how you use it, this artsy number is stylish and functional.

Finished artsy canvas pouch
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