Happy Bag side view

The title of this post could be a metaphor for my creative life; In my wonderful and magic bag of mixed media I have many tricks and supplies that I use when I create and alter the world around me. But that was not my intention today. I just need to show you my new bag. It’s kind of magic, or at least it feels so to me. It is most defiantly a iHanna “mixed media” project as you can see.

My new bag

I am calling it The Happy Bag. The Happy Bag has acrylic paint all over, plus glitter, machine embroidered doodles, journaling, inside pockets, appliqu?d flowers, handwritten graffiti words and seams sewn together “wrong side”, and I love all of that. If there were any rules to break I’d be breaking them all with this bag. It is a creative explosion that I get to carry around on my shoulder… it makes me happy to be its creator and owner.

The Happy Bag

I have made marks in all kinds of ways on this fabric. I’ve painted in my favorite colour combination: summertime pink and spring green.

Top view Happy Bag
Top view of the zipper and the pink closing fabric.

And I am also very happy about the scrappy looking handle:

Love my mixed media Happy Bag

I did add little bits of leftover fabrics on the handle, many many trashed bits of pretty colour.

Happy Scrap handles

With a thousand zig-zag seams of black thread this handle took some time to make but oh my how fun it was!

You remember I talked about how fun it’s been filming and editing my very first online class yesterday, right? Now if you want to buy the class come back her on Monday, but before that we’d love you to help spread the world – and if you post about this on your blog you have the chance to win a spot in the art journal class! Check it out because this class is going to be awesome!

A few more photos;

Happy Bag - scrap handle detail

Happy Bag - scrap handle detail

Mixed media fabric

Bottom of the Happy Bag

Friend buttons

The story behind the bag can be found in the following posts: Painted fabric that was sewn on to make a bag and then decorated with handmade glittery fabric beads!

Have a happy day!