Finished playing around with two old purses. One was an old one that I didn't use much any longer and the other was a resale shop find. The larger one can be seen in an earlier post. The smaller square purse was originally black and the larger one was terra cotta.
So the surface of each was just sponged with paint first, then some shimmers were added. A simple stencil pattern was added to both with another color of shimmers. Finally, simple embellishments were added to both. Used a metal shaped bow on the small one. Bound the handles with a variegated ribbon and added a tassel to the zipper pull.
In the photo the larger purse appears lighter than it actually is.