Better Late Than Never: Projects Long Completed

That I forgot to post because I’m a bum.

If you’ve been checking back with my very inconsistent posting, you might recall my super-awesome mod podge Black Canary shoes.  Awhile back, I decided I was tired of the flat-out terrible that was the Winick “Green Arrow/Black Canary” run and chopped it up for parts:

Comic panels for bag

Such pretty art from such a terrible, terrible comic.

There’s a lot of Dinah on the top of the pile, but there’s also a lot of Ollie, Mia, Connor, and a few shots of Hal Jordan (used for another project).  If you’re not a comic book fan, all those names are characters in the book.  They’re awesome.  When not written by Judd Winick (zing!).

I then went and grabbed a giant red bag I’d bought at Hobby Lobby weeks before this project because it was giant, red, and I was certain I could find it useful.  I did!  However, there was quite a bit of red in the background of the panels I wanted to use (and Mia (Speedy 2) was wearing the classic red costume), so I wanted to tone down the very bright red.  I grabbed some black acrylic paint to paint up the bag.

Paint and Mod Podge

The paint takes the forefront, while the Mod Podge waits patiently for its turn.

I then took the black paint and brushed it all over the purse, which looked pretty neat when I finished up:

Bag, post-painting

Bag, post-painting, pre-awesome.

I then laid out the different pictures on each of the different panels of the bag, deciding to set up an ass-kicking scene for Dinah (aka Black Canary, aka my favorite superhero EVER).  I used the back side of the bag to showcase the different characters in the comic, including Green Arrow (Ollie), Speedy (Mia), Green Arrow II (Connor), Black Canary (Dinah), and Red Arrow (Roy–the three pictures there were of him).  Once I had the whole thing planned out, I put the mod podge to work and created the Bag of Badass:

Front of Bag

Front of Bag

Back of bag

Back of bag

I’ve taken it out a few times since I finished it, and it’s held up well.  I accidentally tore a panel, but I managed to line it back up and mod podge it back together.  Super fun, though a touch time-consuming (lots of tiny pieces to cut out), but I swear mod podge gets more fun every time I use it.

Close up of bag panels:

Front of bag, panel 1
Front of bag, panel 2
Front of bag, panel 3

Back of bag, panel 1
Back of bag, panel 2
Back of bag, panel 3


4 responses to “Better Late Than Never: Projects Long Completed

  1. Love this idea and love the comics!!!!! I wonder if it would hold up even better if you just used one whole piece of fabric instead of cutting out pieces.? Very creative idea. I love to mod podge myself and went through a stage where I mod podged everything. I even took an old coffe table and mod podged comics strips all over it. Sold it a yard sale later and the person who bought it Loved it.

    • gaylefrancisdesigns

      Had the comic looked like the scenes I set up, I’d have happily kept it in one piece. 🙂 Do you have pics of that coffee table? I’d love to see it.

  2. I love this! How durable is it? And could I do the same thing on canvas?

    • gaylefrancisdesigns

      Mod Podge works on damned near everything (I’ve used it on glass and fabric and wood), and I bet it would work pretty well on canvas. I would say to find a fairly smooth canvas, to help bring down the chances of wrinkled bits. You may also google “mod podge on canvas” and see what comes up.

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