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With warmer weather comes the urge to get out and explore, and a backpack is the perfect accessory for a shopping trip or a trip abroad. Show your style with a custom backpack, like a Star Wars themed bag or an Alice in Wonderland inspired Louis Vuitton.

Alice in Wonderland Floral Louis Vuitton Backpack

(source: @zavalabespoke)

These Alice in Wonderland inspired florals make the perfect addition to this Louis Vuitton backpack. @zavalabespoke used the animated violets and sweet peas from the Disney classic to add some color to this checkered bag with red, pinks and blues, perfect for spring.

Star Wars Triptych Backpack

(source: @jadedcreativeuk)

@jadedcreativeuk used the three different sections of this backpack to show three classic Star Wars scenes, making this the ideal bag for any fan. The black background lets the light sabers and bar scene above really stand out on this backpack.

Kate Spade Magic Kingdom Backpack

(source: @tate_allyse_art)

This Kate Spade backpack has been transformed by @tate_allyse_art with all four of the mountains of Disneyland and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Pinks throughout, from the castle to the mountains to the blossoms on the trees help give the scene a cohesive look.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.⁠

Creepy Customs

October is the perfect time for some creepy customs. Whether it's your favorite movie villain or Halloween icon, here are some of the latest spooky customs this season and the Angelus Direct supplies to recreate them.

(source: @villain.artist)

When it comes to monsters Frankenstein is a Halloween classic. @villain.artist uses a black leather jacket as the perfect canvas for this all green Frankenstein portrait. @villain.artist is able to use the black of the leather jacket as a second color to help shade this frightening custom.

(source: @myflyingears)

Movies villains don't get more classic than Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. From her horns to her fire breathing dragon, there is no mistaking her evil ways. @myflyingears pairs the purple and black of her subjects with a neon green background for a dramatic design.

(source: @wizard_customs)

Heath Ledger made the Joker his own and this custom shirt by @wizard_customs pays homage to his timeless performance. From the bright green hair, to the purple jacket, it's the bright colors that make the Joker so striking in the movie and in this custom. Finish him off with white, black and smeared red makeup.

To see more customs like these make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Luxury, but Make it Custom

From bags to wallets the logos on luxury goods already make it clear when an item is special, making it custom of course takes it to the next level. Whether it's personalizing a design with a monogram or celebrating your fandom, there are countless ways to create a one of a kind look.

(source:@tylerwallachstudio)

Taking inspiration from the Louis Vuitton collaboration Takashi Murakami, this colorful piece by @tylerwallachstudio makes sure the Louis Vuitton logo stands out. Neon on a white background takes the original logo and gives it a bright, pop art inspired look. 

(source: @maisongris_)

Adding a monogram as well as Jessica and Rodger Rabbit from the animated classic Who Framed Rodger Rabbit to this luggage set mean you'll never have trouble finding your bag. The red monogram perfectly matches Jessica and Rodger.

(source: @m.ontiel)

If the Joker is more your style, @m.ontiel has taken the classic Batman villain and added him to a Gucci backpack. The all black bag and understated Gucci logo make this the perfect canvas for this green and purple design.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus Styles on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Create Your Own Custom Back to School Backpack

Schools around the country are starting to transition from online learning back to in-person classes, making now the perfect time to get your custom back to school gear ready.

To show you how you can use Angelus paints to create a custom backpack, Suheel from @feelgoodthreads stopped by to create an easy-to-follow tutorial for painting a clean desert camo design.

Check out the tutorial below, and don't forget to watch the full video tutorial for a more detailed look into the design process.

Materials

Before getting started, you'll need to have the following materials on hand:

  • Angelus Chocolate Paint
  • Angelus Bone Paint
  • Angelus Flat Black Paint
  • Angelus 2-Soft
  • Angelus Paint Brush Set
  • Mixing Jars
  • Water & Stain Repellent

Of course, you can change up the colors to fit your preferences. Once you have all your materials ready to go, it's time to get started.

Using 2-Soft

2-Soft is an absolute must when working with any canvas or soft fabric materials. When applied properly, it will help keep the fabric soft and flexible.

Angelus 2-Soft

All you have to do is mix your paint and 2-Soft in a 1:1 ratio and shake well before using. After doing this, you can use the mixture the same way you would use regular paint.

Painting the Backpack

Once your 2-Soft mixture is ready, you can put down the first coat of your design.

Important Note: Heat-set the paint/2-Soft mixture using a heat gun at 300º F for 3 - 5 minutes to make sure it sets properly.

Painting a backpack

When painting your camo pattern, you might notice a faint outline around your paint -- this is the 2-Soft spreading and soaking into the fabric.

To cover this up and create a cleaner pattern, you can use your paint (without 2-Soft) to outline the camo design.

Outlining

Make sure to let your base coat dry completely before applying any extra paint to prevent clumping and ensure the coat is even.

After finishing the main camo pattern, it's time to finish the design by painting the pebbles surrounding the camo.

Painting pebbles

For this design, Suheel is using Bone paint for the pebbles and Flat Black paint to outline them. To make sure the pebbles are clearly defined, you can leave out the 2-Soft in this step.

Finishing Touches

Once your paint is set and dry, it's important to apply some finishing touches to keep the paint clean and protected.

Water and stain repellent

While Angelus paints are already water-proof, we recommend adding a layer of Water & Stain Repellent to provide an invisible protective coating that repels water and stains to keep shoes clean and dry. 

Make sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need to recreate this backpack, and follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like this.