Monday, April 27, 2015

Stenciled Tote Tutorial



I love going to flea markets and antique stores.  One of my issues while shopping (aside from lack of money) is that my purse is too small.  While looking around Michael's, I spotted an entire section of totes and burlap bags.  I instantly knew I had to have the black and white chevron print.  I bought my tote for roughly $8 after using my 40% off coupon.  It's large enough to keep a bunch of little goodies in.







What you'll need:
-Tote bag
-Stencils
-Acrylic multi purpose paint or fabric paint
-Sponge Brush
-Optional: Masking Tape












Step one: Measured from the bottom of the bag to location you want the lettering to be placed. I used tape and remeasured to make sure my line was straight and centered on both ends of the tape.



Step two: When it came to stenciling the letters I worked from the middle out. In other words, I started with the XM (in teXMex craFTing) and then added the other letters.  I did this for two reasons; to keep the lettering even and to work around the wet paint.  At times I would even tape the top and bottom of the letters in place while stenciling them to avoid them from moving.



Tip: When stenciling I find that dabbing the paint on is better then brushing it on. It also helps create the stamped look.

I followed step two for each of the letters. Depending on placement of the letters I would have to wait 5-10 minutes for the previous letter to dry.

Step 3: Allow the tote to dry overnight and it should be ready to use in the morning. Make sure check to the directions on the paint to ensure a proper drying time

You can also waterproof your tote by using water resistant spray or using paraffin wax.


Me sporting my tote in Round Top, TX. Read more about my Round Top Trip here. 

Make it Spicy,
Amanda


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