So you'd like to learn how to paint a canvas bag...it isn't as difficult as you think. There are a few simple steps that will get it painted and in working condition to use, show off, or give as a gift. These personalized bags are great for anything and are surely one of a kind.
This project is great for anyone 3 years of age and over. This project can also be a little messy. You'll want to set aside some time for this project; it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, not including the drying time of the fabric paint.
Now to get started, you need a canvas tote bag, fabric paint, and a paint brush. You can find all of these items at Wal-Mart, JoAnn's, Michael's, or Target. There are plenty of stores that sell these items for relatively cheap prices. To find a wide variety of bags, paint colors, and paint brushes, it's best to do your shopping at your local arts and crafts stores, or even a fabric store such as a JoAnn's or Michael's near you.
Your first step is to figure out what you want to create on your canvas bag. If you can't think of anything, painting the kids' hands or your own and stamping your hand on the bag results in a cute design. You can play with keeping the fingers together or far apart for different designs or to do different designs with the amount of fingers you use. You will be amazed what just a simple pair of painted hands can create, from animals to flowers to the infamous turkey.
If you want to actually paint a design on the bag, you can use a stencil, use your imagination, or copy a picture. It's also a great idea to use the paint brush and paint your own personal message that will add a little appreciation into the tote.
After you've finished painting, don't forget to add your name and the date, especially if you're doing a project with the kids. Keeping track of when you did this project is great for memories and keeping a time scale.
Your last step is to allow your paint to dry. Depending on the type of fabric paint, it can take up to 24 hours to completely dry. Once your bags have completely dried, give them as gifts, use them to hold library books, or use them to add a little touch of whimsy to a room.