Hand painted OOAK shopping bag- I’d rather be on holiday!

Hand painted OOAK shopping bag- I’d rather be on holiday!

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 plan my rough composition on paper first. I started by drawing the outlines with Derwent Inktense Blocks
Inktense blocks. I then applied layers of inktense (blocks for washes of colour and pencilsfor detail) painting on some  Golden Gac 900 Fabric Painting Medium between each layer to set the inktense (it actually turns it to ink).

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!


I’m entering this for the

Creative Loops challenge- water

As You Like It Challenge- favourite non-card project and why

Creative Moments- Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination- Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread challenge- Anything Goes

Throught The Craftroom Door- Anything Goes

2 Creative Chicks- Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics- Mixed media/ altered art. Anything goes

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge- Earth Day

Crafts Galore Encore- Anything Goes Challenge

Make My Monday- Watercolour

Not Just Cards- Always Anything Goes











Turning envelopes to gift bags

Turning envelopes to gift bags

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.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Stamp scrap and doodle challenge- die cut or punches
Delightful sketches- punches and dies
Pixie dust studio pixie challenge- Girlie girl
The hybrid chick- all tied up (use ribbon, twine etc)
CES challenges- Give me wings!