|Not that ugly, but definitely a little dated.|
1. Nail polish remover and cotton balls (if you are using pleather, otherwise you won't need these).
2. A ruler, a pencil and some cardboard to make a template. I used a pizza box. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Or in this case just reuse.
2. Paint (acrylic works best, mine is outdoor acrylic because that is the only kind they had in coral). Two bottles was total overkill, one was way more than I needed. If you are using acrylic paint, get fabric medium as well.
3. A sponge brush (or any brush; I like the sponge ones best and already had one from another project).
4. Painter's tape. I got Frog Tape. You don't have to get Frog Tape, but DO NOT buy the cheap kind. You only paid a few dollars for the bag you're painting (hopefully), now is the time to splurge. Technically it's not really even splurging because you're only going to use about 1/20th of the roll so there will be lots left for future crafting endeavors.
5. Mod Podge (or any other kind of sealant).
Now it's time to tape! Well, now as in right after you make a template. This is where the ruler comes in. The chevrons can be any size you want, I made mine the same width as my tape (1") so the painted chevrons would be the same size as the ones that will be the original bag color.
Once you have your template cut out, line it up with the top or bottom edge of the bag to keep it level, then tape it down.
Once the last coat is good and dry, remove the tape slowly and carefully. DO NOT remove the tape from any zippers or hardware. I was so anxious to see the results that I removed all the tape immediately, which meant I had to apply the Mod Podge very carefully to avoid my zippers during the next steps. At this point, you're really going to want all this DIY stuff off your kitchen table so being able to paint fast and clean up is key (unless you have some kind of office/craft room to work in at your leisure, in which case peel away). There may be a few spots where some of the paint peels off. This is no big deal, just go back in and touch up with the paint you saved.
Now you are ready for the Mod Podge (or other sealant of your choice). This will help even out the slight difference between painted and non-painted areas and add back a little of the shine that the nail polish remover took away. I used the satin version and it still came out pretty shiny. Two coats should do it.