Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best Summer Tote Bag and How To Personalize It!



I was provided product by DecoArt and compensated to write about this project, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own :)

Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 I am all about tote bags during the summer. They carry a multitude of things needed for summer activities! I found a super cute canvas tote with a leather handle at my Michaels, and as much as I loved it's simplicity, I decided to add some personality to it. Here's the before of it:

Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
Here are the colors and other supplies:
Plain canvas tote
Sponge paint brush
Stenciling brush
Painters tape


 Step 1: I turned the tote inside out. I wanted this bag to have a cute little peek-a-boo color from the inside. I painted the front pocket Aqua with the sponge brush.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 2: I then color blocked the surrounding part of the pocket by painting the seams Black and the inside of the pocket Chestnut.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 3: I used the stencil to add more fun to the inside.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 I lined the top of the stencil up to the folded over part of the seam. I did this to ensure it was straight without having to measure. Using the dry brush technique, I used my stencil brush and Black to cover the inside of the bag. The dry brush technique is simply blotting off the excess paint onto a paper towel before starting to stencil. I love the 'vintage' look it gives the herringbone.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 I was going to keep the top two inches or so plain, but then decided to put the stencil all the way up to the top. So, I protected the bottom part that was already stenciled (just in case of residual paint from the stencil) and under the top part with some paper. 
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 This is the complete look of the inside when it was all done.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 And the other side without a pocket.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial

Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 4: Now for the outside! I placed a piece of 1" tape along the very top of the bag. I then measured 3.5" down from the top of the tape and placed another piece of tape. So, between each top piece of tape measures 3.5", to clarify. I did this until I ran out of room. I did use 1/2" painters tape along the bottom, so the bottom stripe is a little smaller than the others. I did this on purpose to add a little interest.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 5: On the stripe that was one up from the last stripe on the bottom, I stenciled the herringbone pattern with Black. I decided that I wanted a little Aqua strip on one of the rows, so I placed a piece of painters tape over the part I was going to paint with Aqua. I then finished the stencil up with the Black using my stencil brush.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Here's what it looked like without the Aqua.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 I then placed the stencil back on when the Black was dried, taped off the neighboring black parts, and painted the middle Aqua.
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 6: Next, I painted the other stripes with Chestnut using my sponge brush. 
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 Step 7: I removed all the tape and was left with this!
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 I just love how this turned out! I did add the White in the supplies above in case you need to touch up. I probably should have along one of these stripes, but it didn't bug me enough....yet :) 
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
 This tote is going to make the rounds between play dates, splash pads, swimming pools and picnics this year! Can't wait to start using it!
Best summer tote bag! Striped and herringbone stenciled tote bag. How to personalize a tote bag tutorial
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