Owl in Tree Tote Bag
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Owl in Tree Tote Bag

Paper printing is a great way to turn plain, ordinary things like t-shirts, notebooks, tote bags and more into one-of-a-kind creations. And it’s fun and easy to do!
Designed by Michaels Design Team
Craft Time: 30 minutes
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Material List

  • Hirschberg Black Shoulder Tote
  • Tulip® Dimensional Paint (we used): White, Blue, Red
  • White Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pattern
  • Jesse James® Buttons, Green
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Paper Printing 101
If printing on a garment, be sure to pre-wash to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.

Step: 2

Always put a t-shirt board inside a shirt to keep paint from seeping through.

Step: 3

When drawing or tracing images, remember that lines too close together will connect when pressed, causing smudging to occur.

Step: 4

When printing with multi-colors, be sure to outline with all of the colors at the same time and then print.

Step: 5

Remember when writing words to be printed to reverse and use a mirror image or the printing will be backwards.

Step: 6

Practice on another piece of paper or scrap fabric before attempting the final piece. The paint is permanent so it won’t wash out.

Step: 7

Printing can be done on most any surface such as garments, paper, wood, notebooks…anything flat.

Step: 8

Recreate a child’s favorite drawing on a t-shirt for the perfect gift for dad or grandma.

Step: 9

Owl in Tree Tote Bag
Draw or trace pattern on white paper.

Step: 10

Refer to directions above for Paper Printing 101 and squeeze Dimensional paint directly from the bottle to outline the design, starting with the tree. The lighter your paint line the smaller the image will transfer. Turn paper over and lay design on tote where desired. Rub hand over the design and transfer the paint to the tote. Carefully lift the paper revealing the design. Discard paper. Let design dry.

Step: 11

Outline the owl image using different paint colors as shown. Repeat the process for this image only and place the owl in the tree limb as shown.

Step: 12

When design is dry, glue buttons in place for leaves.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.