Summer Beach Tote
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Summer Beach Tote

Hit the beach in style with this colorful tote bag. Designed by Jane Chandler, DecoArt Design Team
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • DecoArt Patio Paint (Summer Sky Blue, Cloud White, Wrought Iron Black, Tuscan Red)
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics (Shimmering Silver)
  • 4-inch Clay Rose Pots (3)
  • Flat Brush, ¾-inch
  • Round Brush, #3
  • Round Foam Pouncer, ½-inch
  • Water Container
  • Palette or Plastic Plate
  • Paper Towels

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Note: Mix Fabric Painting Medium with acrylic paints as they are used, following instructions on bottle.

Step: 2

Preparation: Iron front of tote and place face up on surface. Place sheet of waxed paper inside tote to prevent paint bleed-through.

Step: 3

Use masking tape to mask off approximate 9-inch x 11-inch area, by placing tape just below stitch line at top below handles, outer edge of tape strips aligned with side edges, and above fold line of base. Press down edges of tape well to avoid paint seepage.

Step: 4

Blending colors together while wet and working downward to within 1¼-inches of bottom tape edge, use colors in following order from top to bottom: Snow White; Indian Turquoise; Turquoise Blue; True Blue. Let all paint dry.

Step: 5

Use Antique White to paint bottom 1½-inches within tape border; let dry.

Step: 6

Use round foam brush dipped in Pineapple to paint circle for sun approximately 1-inch from top tape border and 3-inches from right tape border; let dry.

Step: 7

Referring to photo of finished project for placement, transfer umbrella and ball patterns to tote.

Step: 8

Referring to finished project for placement of colors, use following colors to paint umbrella and ball: Snow White; True Blue; Pineapple; Kelly Green; and Primary Red. Let dry.

Step: 9

Use Sand to paint wavy line at bottom, overlapping bottom of umbrella pole and bottom of ball; let dry.

Step: 10

To protect painted surface, apply coat of sealer; let dry.

Step: 11

Remove waxed paper insert and masking tape.


A hair dryer on low heat setting can be used to speed drying process. When painting inside tape border, brush paint away from tape edge towards center of tote instead of towards tape edge, to avoid seepage of paint underneath tape. Tote is not intended to be washed since sealer is applied to protect painted surface. Do not apply sealer if you intend to launder tote.