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Pouches, purses, totes, and handbags -- all are fair game for some artfully applied craft paint in a range of pretty hues. But you don’t need to be an artist to turn out these beauties: For our first DIY Style “takeover,” stationery designer Anna Bond created a simple botanical pattern that anyone can follow.

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015



Bond’s painted floral top-handle bag, spotted on her Instagram feed, was the inspiration for our takeover. Follow her at @annariflebond.



Transfer paper, in Yellow, $13 for 12',
Leather clutch, in Navy, from $44; and pouch, in Turquoise, from $20,
Multisurface Satin craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Wild Blueberry and Summer Haze, $2 for 2 oz.; and oil-based paint marker, by Sharpie, in Gold, $4,


  • Transfer paper

  • Leather bag

  • Craft paint and paintbrushes

  • Metallic paint pen


  1. Print 2 separate leaf templates. Cut out, leaving small borders. Cut matching sheets of transfer paper.

  2. Layer templates on top of transfer paper, darker-side down. Then lay out design on bag as desired.

  3. Pressing firmly with a pencil, trace templates onto bag.

  4. Remove templates. Using a small paintbrush, fill in leaf shapes with paint.

  5. For berries, first paint thin stems in a dark color, layering over leaves, then an oval-shaped berry at end of each stem. Top with a cap in a color matching stems. For gold stems and berries, use paint pen.

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