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Three Luggage Bags After Painting

How to Decorate Luggage With Acrylic Paint

Are you tired of trying to find your luggage at the airport baggage claim? I came up with this fun and easy way to dress up your bags using acrylic paint. Try it out for yourself, and you'll find it much easier to find them in the midst of plain black ones!

What You'll Need

  • Acrylic paint, in the desired colors
  • Good-quality brushes of varying sizes
  • Pencil
  • A design to reference (ex. pictures of flowers, animals, or whatever you like)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Container of water
  • Paper towels
  • Luggage

Instructions

1. Paint the area you want the image with white acrylic paint. I discovered through trial and error that creating this base helps give your bag a nice smooth surface to paint on and also makes the colors pop. Give the paint about eight hours to dry before painting on the design.

2. Draw your design on the luggage. Use pencil at first to prevent ink from bleeding into the paint. If you can't draw free-hand, use a piece of carbon paper to transfer the design onto the luggage.

3. After you have drawn the design to your liking, start painting with other colors to fill in the design. If you make a mistake or aren't happy with the way it looks, just wait until everything dries and paint over the area to try again.

  • Try shading the different elements. For example, paint the entire leaf a medium green. Then, go back over it and lighten up some areas with a lighter green. Add veins in the leaves using a dark green.
  • Apply the same technique to the flowers. Paint an entire section and then go back to shade that area.
  • Try different designs!

4. I used a black permanent marker to outline the flowers and make lines to emphasize flower markings.

5. After you've painted to your heart's content, make sure to seal everything in with a spray sealant. This can help your design from cracking or getting damaged. Make sure to take care of your luggage, and it should serve you beautifully!

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This flower is very easy to draw and paint.  I love the Bird of Paradise.

This flower is very easy to draw and paint. I love the Bird of Paradise.

I have found the Daisy is the easiest flower to draw and paint.

I have found the Daisy is the easiest flower to draw and paint.

Acrylic Painting Tips

Comments

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 18, 2015:

Hi, Hezekiah Japanese characters would be lovely on luggage! That would be a "one of a kind". BTW, my son is working on his English degree, and plans to go to Japan to teach students there to speak English. At least that is his goal for now. Thanks for the visit, Mary

Hezekiah from Japan on April 18, 2015:

Very interesting tips this. I could same some (local) Japanese character on my daughter pack for when she goes abroad this year.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 14, 2015:

Hi, Lady_E The daisy is my favorite flower to draw and paint. I have used the daisy on many of my outdoor projects cause it's so easy to do!

I'm so glad you like my idea of painting on luggage, thanks....Mary

Elena from London, UK on April 14, 2015:

It's an awesome, creative idea. I particularly like the daisy. Not just easy to make but a very simple and beautiful design. (easy on the eye)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 02, 2015:

Hi, colorfulone Oh, yes, a person can easily personalize anything that can be painted on using acrylic paint. I enjoy using acrylic paint even for outside jobs.

I'm so glad you like the way my black luggage turned out, Mary

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 02, 2015:

I remember seeing one of your articles about this on Bubblews, and thought this was a neat idea. With some paint and creativity, a person can personalize just about anything. I like the bright colorful decorating you did on your luggage, Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 26, 2015:

Hi, poetryman6969 Why, thank you very much for the nice compliment! Mary

poetryman6969 on January 26, 2015:

The results look gorgeous.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 08, 2015:

Hi there, Jenna. I am so happy you found my article on how to paint on luggage with acrylic paint! It pleases me that you will try to do this project. You will be so happy with results.

I do hope you will come back and let me know how it turns out.

Just remember, if you make a mistake or don't like what you just did, paint right over it!

Jenna on January 07, 2015:

Just bumped into this while desperately searching for how to keep my bag from getting lost in the jumble (has happened numerous times on international flights) You have the only article to be found on how to do this! Waiting for my first coat of white to dry and I am so excited! This is super easy (and those little bottles of acrylic are really inexpensive) even for people with no painting experience or artistic talent! Thank you! Thank you!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 01, 2014:

Hi, tillsontitan. Well, you just made my day with your lovely comment! Thank you.

I'm so glad you like my idea of painting on luggage with acrylic paint. This was just a fun project to do.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary

Mary Craig from New York on November 30, 2014:

Not just lovely and fun but certainly useful as Vellur has pointed out. Dear friend you are so full of talent and surprises. How lucky we are to have you here.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 30, 2014:

Hi, Vellur. Yes, this makes it so easy to spot your luggage! It's very easy to do, too.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the vote, Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 30, 2014:

This is an awesome idea! It will be so easy to spot luggage on the conveyor belt. The paintings on the suitcase look amazing! Great hub, voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 06, 2014:

Hi, greatstuff Great! I'm so happy you are going to try painting your luggage. It really isn't hard to do, and you will be so proud of the results. If you have any problems, please email me, OK?

Goodnight, Mary

Mazlan from Malaysia on July 06, 2014:

Mary, Thanks for the clarification. Now I am more confident to give it a try.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 06, 2014:

Hi Millionaire Tips I'm so glad you think my idea of painting on luggage is clever. When I'm in an airport, I'm always surprised at the people who will ask me where I purchased my beautiful luggage!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Shasta Matova from USA on July 05, 2014:

What a clever idea! I really like this idea to paint a suitcase - it stands out at the carousel and is personalized just to you.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2014:

Hi ComfortB. I used to tape red Duct tape all around my suitcases; that was pretty tacky! Now, I'm proud of my luggage, and I get so many nice compliments on it at the airports.

Just remember you need to give the acrylic paint time to day really well, probably about 48 hours. Do let me know how your luggage comes out.

Maybe you could write a Hub and show how you did it!

Thanks for the votes, Mary

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 05, 2014:

I travel a lot, and yes, finding my luggage in the midst of hundreds of other luggage have always been a challenge. I started to tie wide, multi-colored ribbons around the handles to make it easier. But, even that is proven a problem as many people tends to do the same.

I have learned a thing or two from your tutorial Ms. Mary. I will definitely give this a try. Will be travelling in a couple of days. I'll see how that works out.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2014:

Hi, greatstuff. My luggage has been to Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other places, and the acrylic has not cracked at all. I had thought of using a sealant of some kind, but I have had bad experiences with that cracking and discoloring, so I didn't do that.

The nice thing about this project is if you do make a mistake, or are not happy with the results, just go back and paint over.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2014:

Hi, cabmgmnt After seeing my finished luggage, one of my grandkids got the idea of painting on her backpack with acrylic paint. Another grandkid painted her tote bag. The possibilities are endless.

My best, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2014:

Good Morning, vocalcoach (Audrey) It would not be at all difficult for your sister to cover the nail polish she put on her luggage. She could just cover that with the acrylic paint!

Thanks so much for sharing, and for the Pin, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2014:

Hi, emilybee I'm so glad you like my idea of painting on luggage with acrylic paint. It really is a fun project to do; I hope you will try to do this.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Mazlan from Malaysia on July 04, 2014:

Hi Mary. This is is a great idea, but I was wondering if the acrylic paint will 'crack' after several usage and from the rough handling by the airport staff?

Corey from Northfield, MA on July 04, 2014:

Such a creative idea and it will make it so easy to find at the airport. The kids will love painting on their bags. I would never have thought of this! Thanks!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 04, 2014:

Hi Mary - My sister just bought new luggage and put a drop of nail polish on it for quick identification. Arrrrgh! What a way to ruin new luggage. I'm sending her this hub :)

This is a creative and fun way to spruce up luggage and I thank you so much. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will pin and share more.

Thanks Mary - Audrey

emilybee on July 04, 2014:

so awesome !! great idea! I'm going to try this on my luggage. Thank you for the idea!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 04, 2014:

Hi, Blond Logic I used to use red duct tape around my luggage to be able to see it on the carousel at airports, but now my luggage stands out for sure!

I'm so glad you like my idea of painting on luggage with acrylic paint.

Thanks for the share and the Pin, Mary

Mary Wickison from Brazil on July 04, 2014:

What a great idea. My luggage always seems to look like everyones . This will really make it stand out.

I know people who tie string on the handle but this can get caught in machinery. Yours is a much better idea.

Sharing and Pinning

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 04, 2014:

Hi Kathleen Odenthal Oh, yes...you don't have to be a pro to paint on luggage with acrylic paint, I promise.

This was a fun project to do , and I'm glad to say I enjoy using my luggage much more painted than the plain black color.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 04, 2014:

Hi , Peggy W. I've had people stop me in the airport and ask where I bought my luggage!! Oh, yes, you can see your luggage easily coming through the carousel! I have been very pleased at well the acrylic paint has held up, too.

Thanks so much for reading, the votes and the shares, Mary

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on July 04, 2014:

Those are beautiful but I dont think I would ever be able to do that and then I wouldn't want to use my luggage anymore!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2014:

I can't believe I missed reading this! Excellent way to make one's luggage stand out from all the others in airports. Up votes and sharing!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2013:

Good Morning, Indian Chef. Thank for the nice compliment on my Hub on painting suitcases. I don't travel much, but when I do, I hate trying to find my luggage at the airport.

I hope you'll try this, too. Thanks for reading and for the vote, Mary

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 11, 2013:

Wow these suitcases look so beautiful with the paintings you have done. I am not good at painting but the way you described it, it looks so easy to do it. Voting it up and awesome.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 26, 2013:

Hi DeborahNeyens. I'm glad you like my idea of painting on luggage with acrylic paint. I use the sunflower a lot on all kinds of projects cause it's an easy flower to draw and paint!

Hope you'll try this, Mary

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 26, 2013:

What a clever idea! I love the sunflower. Shocker, I know. : )

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 17, 2012:

Hi, there, unknown spy. Nice to see you today! I'm so happy you like my idea to paint on luggage with acrylic paint.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 16, 2012:

wow, that was an amazing idea and very creative :) thanks for sharing :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2012:

Hi, rebeccamealey, if you enjoy painting with acrylics, this project would be SO easy for you. I'm not a great artist, but I sure like to try.

Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2012:

Hi, igugent17, I agree; it's always a problem trying to identify your luggage while you are waiting for it to come around. I got this idea when I was waiting for my luggage at the airport on my trip to Puerto Rico. This is a really easy paint project to do, too.

Thanks for reading and commenting..... Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2012:

Hi, CarlySullens, thanks for reading about painting your luggage with acrylic paint. Yes, it is a fun project to do with the kids. They love to do this sort of painting.

Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. Mary

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 24, 2012:

That looks nice! You do great art work. I love using acrylics. I use to paint lighthouses wit them. I vote this interesting!

ignugent17 on July 24, 2012:

Very good idea mary615. Sometimes waiting for our luggages to come out in the airport luggage conveyor makes you think which one is yours. This is really a great help in identifying your luggage. Thanks.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on July 24, 2012:

Great idea! I love the Sunflower idea too. And having kids paint on their luggage would be a fun project. Voted Up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2012:

Good Morning, Julie DeNeen. You really don't have to be an artist to paint on your luggage. You should try it; you might just surprise yourself.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share,

Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 24, 2012:

Thanks for reading about how to paint on your luggage. It isn't hard to you, and I'll just bet you could learn really fast.

It was a fun project to do. I love to paint!

Have a great day, Mary

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on July 24, 2012:

This is so cool! Though I am not an artist so I am sure my luggage would not be as pretty as yours! Voting up and sharing!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on July 24, 2012:

This is a great idea Mary - especially for easy identification of your cases. Sadly, I cannot paint but if I could, I would be happy to use a case as a canvas - it's fun and original.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 06, 2012:

Hi, Robie Benve, Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about painting your luggage with acrylic paint. It is a great way to spot your luggage. I always get the nicest compliments on mine everywhere I go. If you like to paint, you'll enjoy this project. I also did a project with a granddaughter who wanted to do iron on appliques on her luggage. It is showing as a related Hub on this one.

Robie Benve from Ohio on June 06, 2012:

Oh, great idea. I always tie ribbons on my luggage, but still it leaves me craning my neck to spot it. This is a great solution, especially for me that I love painting with acrylics! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 20, 2012:

Good Morning, Chris. I'm so glad you like my idea of painting on luggage using acrylic paint. I've enjoyed using mine, and I hope you 'll try it too. Thanks for the nice compliment and for the vote. I appreciate that. Have a wonderful day.

Chris Achilleos on March 19, 2012:

Great hub mary615 :) I really love using acrylic paints. Voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 19, 2012:

Hi there, Aqueous Love. So nice to meet you here! I'm glad you lilke my idea of painting your luggage. If you enjoy any kind of art work, you will enjoy this project. I just got back from Puerto Rico, and three different ladies asked me where I bought my beautiful luggage! You're right you can spot your luggage quickly. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'd love to hear how yours looks when you finish, OK?

Aqueous Love on March 19, 2012:

I love this idea! Like others have said already, I've had to use colorful tags in the past to distinguish my luggage from all of the other bags on the carousel and before then, I've waited and looked through the luggage several times while trying to spot my own. I'm a fairly artistic person (or at least I've been told this by several friends) and I am surprised I've never tried this in the past! Can't wait to try this out soon! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 28, 2011:

Hi Dream On, if you enjoy painting, you'll love to do this. I did another Hub on decorating luggage with iron on appliques, too. You might like to check that one out. Let me know how your luggage turns out!

DREAM ON on October 27, 2011:

I still like the wonderful colored luggage.I have traveled and airport security was good and my luggage was never lost.I can't wait to try it.I have used wild colorful lugggage tags in the past but this is so much better.Beautiful luggage admired for it's creative beauty.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 13, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee, thanks for reading this. I wonder how your friend makes her luggage "ugly". I never thought of that! I loved doing this, and I get compliments from strangers at the airport. When my Granddaughter saw mine, she just had to do hers with iron-on appliques. Check out that Hub when you have time.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on October 13, 2011:

What lovely luggage and clearly-written instructions on how to make it that way. I, however, prefer the example of a co-worker who avoids "pretty" luggage and makes hers as ugly as possible. Her theory is that pretty luggage tells baggage personnel and others who prey on travelers that the contents of such bags are worth stealing. Ugly bags, however, are easy to spot on a baggage carousel, but give the impression that the contents aren't valuable at all! ;D

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 04, 2011:

Thanks Atrina, I always get compliments when I travel with my pieces of luggage.

atrina on October 03, 2011:

I liked the hub which seems artistic, colorful and stylish! I think it is alsovery useful for people who loves travelling a lot such as me :) I am sure that it will absolutely help to decrease the luggage problem at the aiports.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 27, 2011:

Thanks Azure! I love working in Acrylics. I've found it holds up even outside! I intend to read ALL your Hubs on Acrylic paint. I know I'll learn from them.

Marian L from UK on September 26, 2011:

Nice hub Mary and thanks for the link. I always make the mistake of buying black luggage and then desperately trying to spot it on the carousel amongst all the other similar ones and this would indeed really make it stand out.

Mara on September 26, 2011:

Very informative article!