Time Required :
About an hour
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

watercolor personalized name tote

This project is totes adorbs, we’re told. Which makes sense, because what’s cuter than a handy canvas bag with your very own initials on it? Stencil them on in a flash, then add lovely washes of permanent color with these soft gel watercolor-style paints. You’ll be ready for a run to the farmers market in no time!
Step 1
First, smooth out your fabric on your working surface.
 
TIP: If you like, you can iron the tote a bit to remove wrinkles. To prevent ink and paint from bleeding through the fabric, place a piece of freezer paper or other water-resistant liner underneath the top layer of fabric.
Step 2
If you’ve selected paper stencils, then choose the letters of your name or your initials. Arrange the stencils on your tote. Try a couple of different layouts, and see which one you like best. 
Step 3
Hold the first letter in place on top of your fabric. Use an ultra-fine Sharpie® marker to carefully outline the letter. Fill the space inside the lines with the brush-tip Sharpie® marker. Repeat as necessary for any additional letter stencils.
 
TIP: Brush-tip Sharpie® markers are great for marking on fabric because they pull on the material less than traditional markers.
Step 4
If you choose an adhesive stencil, you also can use a foam brush and paint to pounce a stencil onto your fabric. Because these stencils are plastic, they’ll hold up to your paint application. Place your stencil letters and shapes where you’d like them and press down along the letters’ edges. 
Step 5
Squirt paint onto a paper plate (or palette paper), then dip the tip of your foam brush into it. Dab the paint onto the stencil in an up and down motion. Don’t brush back and forth, since that can push the paint past the stencil’s edges.
 
TIP: Don’t dilute your paint when you pounce. You want a thicker paint for better coverage.
Step 6
Once your letters are ready and dry, squirt a little of the watercolor acrylic paint onto a paper plate (or palette paper), then add water to dilute it, as you want your paint to be fairly thin and watery. 
Step 7
Use a paintbrush (or foam brush) to begin adding layers of paint to your fabric.

TIP: If you really want your paint layers to blend into each other, trying wetting the fabric with water and a foam brush first. This can get a little messy, but it’s worth it!
Step 8
Continue adding layers of paint in different colors until you’re happy with your results.

TIP: If you’d like to add new layers of color that don’t blend into the previous colors, let your fabric dry completely before adding new paint.
Step 9
Let the fabric dry completely once you’ve finished. If you’d like, you can outline your shapes and designs with the ultra-fine or brush-tip Sharpie® marker to give them extra definition.
 
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You’ll Also Need
  • Iron (Optional)
  • Ironing Board (OPTIONAL)
  • Freezer Paper (OPTIONAL)
  • Paper Plate (or Palette Paper)
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