As Margot and I flip through the top fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and W, we always see amazing (and sometimes completely unrealistic) designs from the industry crème-de-la-crème — with price tags to match. Those prices can range from $200 to $2000 and beyond. One day, while we sat and drooled, it came to us… We could do something like that!
Here’s an example. Handbag maker Coach recently collaborated with Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Craig Costello, who’s signature style is… well, you can see it in this photo. He markets a line of graffiti art supplies (I am not making this up) under the name Krink.
Since I have an affinity for street and graffiti art, Margot didn’t hesitate to email me when she read about the new Krink for Coach limited edition line of leather goods.
I saw the pics of the drip-spatter-and-smear style bags and knew I had to make a designer doppelganger. Remember my Goodwill purse from last month, the one with the bonus wallet I found inside?
I started by using the sea wool sponge to dapple the background in Metallic Russet. This was to mimic the very light splatters in the Krink design. Then I added in a few dabs of Metallic Bronze just because.
When you are using a sponge of any kind, make sure you have a place to tamp and test how thick the paint is. If you have a pointy sponge like the sea wool, and it’s too loaded with paint, you’ll end up with blobs instead of little pointy dots.
After that sponged layer dried, I used the round brush and Metallic Bronze to start painting drips down the wallet. Drips are fairly easy to create. They are just rounded, uneven, sort of vertical lines. I added some thinner lines and spots to vary the design and give it more dimension.
As I hope you’ll discover, doing design-alikes is really fun. Margot and I are planning on showing more of them here, so if you see any shoes on the web that you think would make good subjects, send us the link!