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Getting crafty: Leather painting workshop with Cherin Sim at Design Bridge Singapore

On a constant quest for creative inspiration, and a great excuse to flex our creative skills outside of client work, we’ve been arranging a series of inspiring activities for our Singapore Studio to get involved in. One of these was a workshop with Cherin Sim, a marquage artist who is well known for her work customising luxury goods (often designer leather handbags) into bespoke, one-of-a-kind pieces using her signature hand-painted pop art, icon and cartoon style…


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We were incredibly lucky to have Cherin join us in the Studio (she’s booked up until next year!) to teach us about her craft, and to give us some practical tips and advice on how to bring our design ideas to life using Angelus Leather Paints.

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We learnt that you should always start with a lighter colour and build up to darker shades, and that you must take your time, applying 8-10 layers of paint to get the right results. Painting a single letter of the alphabet takes around 3 hours to complete, so patience and a steady yet firm hand is definitely needed – you only have one chance to get it right!

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The workshop participants were all given a leather card holder as their canvas, and they all came along prepped with the letter they wanted to paint, although a few people had more ambitious designs in mind…

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And here are the finished results:

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We’d like to say “thank you” to Cherin for sharing her craft with us, we learnt lots and we loved seeing what everyone came up with.

You can see more of Cherin’s work on Instagram: @simcherin.

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