So... I really like making things. But I like making things that I can finish and be done with. Things that I can use. And it got into my head that I wanted a tote bag to stick our school things in (I like learning outside).
I really love one of the coloring pages for my next journal, and I thought, Well, I'll color it and then put it on a bag. But then I thought, Wait! It would be more fun just to color the bag!
So I've been testing out materials and thought I'd share the results with you!
Slide your Clipboard inside your bag. And then color! For once in your life, it's okay to let the pencils get blunt: it helps to keep the coloring smooth!
Build up layers of color. I like to start with the lightest shade and work my way up to the darker shades. I enjoyed the texture of coloring on the canvas, and it did not eat up my pencils like I thought it would!
Before I got too far, I tested my sealer on the purple flower, to be sure that my pigments wouldn't spread. They didn't, so I colored the whole bag before I worried about sealing my art.
Set the Color
Grab your bottle of transparent medium and your paintbrush. You can just squirt a small glob right onto the bag and spread. You only need to cover your color-work. It was too easy.
After testing the bag, I decided it needed a 2nd coat! (I soaked the bag to see what would happen, and there was a faint smudge of color when I rubbed with a paper towel. Next time I will just put it on very thick to start with!)