I’ve painted a new long handled tote bag for my Etsy shop. This was inspired by my mum- we sometimes call her Mrs Holiday because she is a big fan of cruises now and when she isn’t on one she is talking about wanting to be on one or how marvellous they are. I would have put I’d rather be cruising on the bag but it might be taken the wrong way 😉
I think Inktense are becoming my favourite medium as I love the variety of ways you can use them. I also love being able to use them on some differemt surfaces. I love painting bags as shopping bag totes are an essential item and I love being able to have personalised one of a kind bags which take my art outside the 4 walls of houses and exhibitions!
Although I’ve finished my stash ban I’m trying to stay on a stash diet!! I seem to have tons of envelopes left over from our wedding and they can be made into cheap gift bags that are perfect for small light items such as jewellry. I also tend to add so much to my cards I end up having to make a box with them so I end up with spare envelopes such as this pretty pearlescent one which became the bag on the right.
I used a paisley stamp to make a random pattern. I used a MS flower punch to make the top and then added some ribbon from stash for handles. Just to prove it is the envelope I’ve shown the back as well!
My second envelope started life as a white envelope. I used lavender and pink distress inks to give a light background colour. Iused a butterfly border stamp in pink all the way across the paper and then added a lilac circular butterfly stamp. I used a MS butterfly punch to edge the top and tied a pretty pink ribbbon (from the inside of a jumper….you know the annoying ribbons they use to hang things up in shops!). I used a MS punch to make the butterfly on a bit of spare pearlescent paper, curled the wings and added adhesive pearls.