Spray-Dyed Tote

My friend Alexa recently told me about the painter’s tape technique and I thought I’d give it a try on this canvas book bag. The bag has been hanging around in my studio for months because I couldn’t decide what to make – until now! Sometimes you just have to dive in and get messy. And this painter’s tape idea was perfect!
Canvas tote
Tulip Fabric spray Paint (Mini Neon Pack)
Painter’s tape

Pre-wash your tote and dry. Press it flat so you have a smooth work surface.

Apply the tape in random lines, creating open areas to paint.

Once it is all tapes down, it’s time to break out with the paints! I used this set of Tulip Neons, I wanted something bright!

Use a different color on each area. If you have to, use a piece of paper to block off other areas of the bag to prevent overspray.

Use your finger to rub the paint from the tape onto the fabric so you get even coverage in all the areas.

Carefully peel up the tape.

Let dry.



Love & light,

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