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Paint pens are one of my favorite crafting tools; they’re so easy to use, and way less messy than painting with a brush! And the coolest thing is, even though it’s shaped like a marker, it’s still actual paint that comes out of these pens, so you can do the same painting techniques you can do with a brush! Check out this “watercolor” tote bag made with water-based paint pens!
The whole thing only takes about fifteen minutes to make, and all you need are water-based paint pens and a bag to decorate!
Make A Watercolor Tote Bag
Here’s what you need:
- water-based Sharpie paint pens (I found these at Michaels)
- plain canvas tote bag
- stencil (optional, you can draw freehand if you’d rather!)
- bowl of water
- gallon ziploc bag
When I saw that my local Michael’s had Sharpie paint pens in a bunch of new colors, I knew I had to try them out! Aren’t these pastels perfect for summer?!
Once you pick your favorite colors, let’s get started!
Fill a bowl with water and set it within easy reach. This project shouldn’t get too messy, but there is water involved, so make sure you’re working on a washable surface and have a few towels nearby just in case!
If you don’t want to draw freehand, pick out a fun stencil. I made my own with my Silhouette Cameo and contact paper.
Place your stencil on your canvas tote bag, then slip the plastic bag inside the tote to keep the paint from leaking through to the back.
Dip your hand in the bowl of water and let a few drops of water drip off your fingers onto the bag, through the holes in the stencil. You can control how much the paint pen “bleeds” by how wet you get the bag; if it’s soaking wet the pen will bleed a lot, and if it’s just slightly damp the paint will only spread a little.
Once the entire area under your stencil is damp, start drawing with your paint pen! The paint will slowly bleed away as you draw, but be patient. If it seems like it’s not “running” enough right away, just give it a few minutes. If it still hasn’t “bled” enough after a minute or two, add a few more drops of water to the bag and go over your line again with your paint pen.
When I painted the word “love”, the bag was only slightly damp. When I did the hearts I used more water, and you can see the paint on the hearts spread a lot further than the paint on the word.
Once you’re done painting, pull the plastic bag out from inside the tote and hang the tote open to dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a hairdryer.
Once the bag is dry, fill it up and start using it!
Have you ever painted fabric before? What’s your favorite thing to decorate with paint pens?
If you liked this project, check out these other wearable and apparel projects!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Michael’s and Sharpie in exchange for my honest discussion of their products. But the Sharpie paint pens from Michael’s are really amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂
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