how to paint on leather & faux leather clothing & accessories

Wednesday, August 14, 2019



Have you ever wanted to learn how to add your own illustrations and hand lettering to leather clothing and accessories? 

I have been painting on leather and faux leather items for about a year now and I thought that today I would share some of my tips and tricks that I have picked up. It's not very difficult to do and you don't really need a lot of different supplies. You don't even need a lot of different colours of leather paint if you keep you designs as simple as mine. If you are new to painting check out your local second hand stores and on clearance racks in your favourite stores for leather and faux leather items that you can customize.



If you are new to painting on leather, you might want to try it out on something like this faux leather tote bag.

Tip: I prefer to plan and draw out my design on paper first. You can enlarge or reduce your artwork on a photocopier to test how your finished design will look.


Once you have figured out what your design will look like on paper, cut it out as I have (see above) and use a measuring tape to figure out where to place your design. I use painter's tape to keep the paper in place. Once you are happy with the placement of your design you are ready for the next step - transferring the design onto the leather.

Tip: I placed magazines and books inside the tote bag to create a firm surface to work on.


Place a sheet of white transfer paper under the paper. Make sure that the white chalky side of the transfer paper is facing the leather. Use a sharp pencil to trace your design. 

Tip: You can trace as much or as little of the original design as you like using the tracing paper. I often leave out a lot of the smaller details and then add them in later using a white Stabilo pencil.


By the way, here's my supply list for this project: Gap faux leather tote bag, white transfer paper, Angelus flat white acrylic leather paint, white Stabilo pencil, pencil, assorted paint brushes, measuring tape and painter's tape.


This is a close up of the transferred design. The chalky lines are faint and will be easy to remove once you are done.

Now you are ready to paint. If you are feeling a little nervous about making a mistake and want to practice with your paint brushes first, I suggest doing so on scraps of faux leather or a worn out leather item from the second hand store.


I am right handed, so I always start painting on the top left hand side and work my way over to the top right side. I try to make sure that my hand doesn't accidentally rub up against any of the wet paint as I go so I work from the top to the bottom. 


Don't overload your paint brush. Allow your paint strokes to flow naturally and be prepared to go over some areas more than once to achieve a solid white line. 

Tip: Leather paint is permanent which means that there are no "do overs". Take your time and think about each brush stroke.


Larger areas will require a few coats of paint to become completely solid.
I used four light coats of paint on the LOVE letters and waited for the paint to dry completely between each layer.


Once the paint is completely dry, use a soft clean cloth to wipe away all of the white transfer  and Stabilo pencil lines. 


This technique is a great way to personalize clothing, accessories and home decor items.


I hand painted this jacket for a styled shoot I participated in earlier this year. It was used as a photo prop for a wedding set up. The jacket was stored in a garment bag that I embellished with floral illustrations to co-ordinate with the jacket design using a Sharpie paint pen. 


My custom jacket and matching garment bag are currently included in a Giveaway on InstagramThe #loveisintheair contest closes on August 18, 2019 and you can find all of the details about the giveaway on a post my Instagram account.




DIY Watercolour Ribbon - You Can Do It (Really!)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Looking for a little something special to add to your gift packaging and decorating? Try painting white satin ribbon using watercolour paints

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY watercolour ribbons are not only a pretty handmade detail but they are also a great way to customize ribbon to match your decor, theme or packaging materials.

Here's how I do it:

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gather your supplies - Martha Stewart watercolour paint, white satin ribbon, water spray bottle, paint brushes, a protected work surface. 

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

1. Use small containers to mix the watercolour paint with water. Experiment with how much water to add to the paint and test on a scrap piece of ribbon. You'll need to be able to easily brush the paint onto the ribbon but you don't want to water the paint down too much that the colours become too faint when it dries. I recommend using a different paint brush for each colour of paint.

Tip: You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time to check for colour.


2. You should work on a protected work surface and keep a roll of paper towel on hand for clean up. Lightly spray the white ribbon with water before starting to paint.

Tip: Use tin foil on a counter top if you are painting longer pieces of ribbon.

3. The watercolour paint should be brushed onto the ribbon in a continuous manner so that when you change colours the paints overlap slightly. There is really no right or wrong time to change the colours - just keep in mind how you are going to use the ribbon and how many colours you would like to see.

Tip: If you are using the ribbon for decorating favours, you may want to cut the ribbon a little larger that what you will need and then paint the individual strips.

4. Allow the ribbon to dry completely before using. 

Good to know: I use a drying rack to hang my ribbon as they dried.
Do not place wet ribbon in the dryer. 


Now that you've made all of this beautiful ribbon ... here's some ideas for how to use it this Easter! 

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Find my free download for the faux hand lettering on the glass container here.

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Find the free download and tutorial for adding the hand lettering to this cake pop box here.

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I hope that you paint some of your own watercolour ribbon. If you do, I'd love to see it! Tag me on Instagram using @lorrieeveritt so I can find your post.


diy watercolour ribbon tutorial and Easter inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Special thanks to my collaborator friends for this blog post:




diy watercolour ribbon tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio


I want to learn how to make decorated cookies.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.

Is there a skill that you have ever wanted to learn? 
Maybe it's the time of year and the fact that my Instagram feed is blowing up with images of beautiful decorative cookies, but I really want to learn how to decorate cookies.

I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.

I am hoping that I can take some workshops in the new year but until then I have decided to start learning online by watching Emma's Sweets' YouTube videos

I have collaborated on styled shoots with Mary from Emma's Sweets and a number of other local bakers over the past few years and I always include some kind of decorated cookies in my mood boards. 

Mary has dozens of cookie decorating videos on her YouTube channel and I when I recently heard her say that she started out by watching YouTube videos it made me realize that I don't have to wait until I have time to take classes.

Who knows, maybe this time next year I will be styling a sweet table for the holidays with cookies that I have created! For now I hope that these photos of Mary's cookies will inspire you to maybe think about learning how to decorate cookies as well.

I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.


I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.
Photo credit and sources:
Janet Kwan Photography | cookies by Emma's Sweets | hand lettering by Autumn Grey Designs | greenery by Flower Treasures | cards by Alicia's Infinity | gift boxes, chalkboard and tree from Creative Bag | glassware from Weddingstar | cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That | styling by Lorrie Everitt


Mary created all of the adorable cookies in this posts using cookie cutters that I designed to match one of my 2017 holiday gift wrapping collections for Creative Bag.

I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.


If you are interested in making the cookies like the ones that Mary created for my styled shoot you can find these cookie cutters online at How Sweet Is That.

fox cookie by Emma's Sweets using a cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That

bird cookie by Emma's Sweets using a cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That

squirrel cookie by Emma's Sweets using a cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That

deer cookie by Emma's Sweets using a cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That

owl cookie by Emma's Sweets using a cookie cutter from How Sweet Is That



Here's some quick links to Mary's YouTube videos featuring the fox cookie cutters.




I really want to learn how to make decorated cookies. Until I have time to take some workshops I am going to try to learn how to do it by watching Emma's Sweets YouTube videos.

You can do this - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I am so excited to share two of my favourite DIY edible projects with you today. 

Not everyone has the time (or the skills) to make all of the pretty edible sweets that we see on Instagram. Taking a cookie decorating workshop has been at the top of my "wish list" for a while. For now, I am happy to just add hand painted details to pre-made macarons and create these simple candy treats.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My Easter themed hand painted macarons are very easy to create using vodka, gel food colouring and of course pre-made macarons. My macarons came from Macaronz. I should point out that the colours of the macarons were more important to me for this project than the flavours.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's the supplies that you'll need to paint on macarons: vodka, gel food colouring, paint brushes for baked goods and a small paint palette.

1. Painting with gel food colouring and vodka is very much like working with watercolour paints. Add a small amount the gel food colours into the paint palette and water it down using just a little vodka. The more vodka you add the more "watered down" the colour will become.

2. Paint your design using the food safe paint brushes on the macarons. And that's it!

Pretty simple right?  You can use my examples as inspiration to make these yourself or come up with your own designs. 

Tip: Get a couple of extra macarons to practice on first. Practice with different paint brushes and test your colours. You can just eat the test samples so it's a win/win ;)

Note: The vodka paint does not make the macaron soggy and it does not change the taste of the macaron. From everything that I have been able to research on this technique, the vodka evaporates so it's safe to give these to children. 

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My Easter themed macarons included a chick, bunny, and whimsical decorated egg and carrot patterns.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

If you want to use these painted macarons as party favours head over to this blog post for packaging ideas.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors -  chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I love candy melts and they are a basic baking supply that I stock in my pantry all year round. I used vanilla chocolate candy melts in lollipop molds to create these pretty and easy Easter theme candy treats.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's the supplies that you'll need : lollipop candy mold, lollipop sticks, (vanilla) candy melts, chocolate M&Ms, assorted candy sprinkles, microwave safe containers.

1. Place the lollipop sticks in the candy molds. 

2. Melt the candy melts as per the instructions on the package. 

3. Pour the melted candy into the candy mold.

4. Working quickly before the melted candy hardens in the molds add sprinkles and M&M chocolate candies to decorate.

5. Allow to completely harden for an hour. Pop them from the molds and you are done.



diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I think that these would make wonderful party favours and you can find more information on how to package these in this blog post.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I like to display sweets on sticks in jars filled with candies or coarse sugar. This display idea works whether you are serving these (unpackaged) treats on a sweet table or setting them up as a favour/take away.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Tip: I use paper straws that have been cut to different heights in the jar to hold the lollipop sticks in place and add to the visual presentation.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Have a sweet (long) weekend!

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio