Welcome! My name is Heather Joy. My passion for being creative began earlier than I can remember. I love all things involved with home decor, vintage, fabric, and paper. Through blogging, I hope to inspire you to craft.
In preparation for Alt, I knew that I needed a good bag to tote around all of the loot that we are given at Alt. I decided to make my own bag. Originally, I wanted it screen printed, however, that didn't work out as my time management skills prior to this week were non-existant. A friend of mine, Jamie, suggested that I make a stencil and use fabric paint! Super simple, why didn't I think of that!
One: The first thing that made this project super simple is I have a Silhouette machine. It's a paper cutting machine that is connected to your computer. You can download images to cut or design your own. I highly recommend this tool as there are a million things you can do with it!
I used sticker paper to make the stencil. If you don't have a sillhouette, I would print out the image, transfer it onto the paper, and then cut it out with an excto knife.
Two: Lay stickers on the tote bag. Remember: wherever you put the stickers, this is where the paint will not go. I wanted the negative image painted, so I placed the positive image onto the tote bag.
Three: All stickers are in place - make sure that they are very secure. Rub them onto the fabric a few times.
Four: Using a stencil brush, apply paint. I used Martha Stewart's new all purpose paint from Michaels. Super cheap and really easy to use! Make sure to use a tapping motion when applying the paint.
Five: After, applying the paint, let dry for at least 30 minutes. Depending on the paint, you may need to do a second coat.
Six & Seven: Slowly peel off stickers! This is my favorite part! :)
Cost: $10 for paint, new stencil brush, sticker paper