There are just so many darling canvas bags, wallets and other goodies in the Ellen Hutson LLC shop that I just had to give one a creative whirl. Today's project uses the Maya Road Valise and it's a sweet little bag with a wrist strap that can carry a few essentials with you on the go.
I've used some mists, stamps and markers to alter it and make it my own. The canvas is the perfect...well...CANVAS for some creative experiments.
This is what I started with. OK. Well, above you'll find the newer version of what I used but it's basically the same project. I actually love the snapped flap on the newer version.
First step is to add some color and design to the canvas. I started off by using a dotted template that you can see below along with some Strawberry Shortcake Glimmer Mist.
You lay the template over the canvas and then mist. Repeat on the front side as well. I love using pinks and oranges together to I then misted the entire canvas piece with some Tiger Lily Glimmer mist. Don't worry about perfection. It's supposed to look artsy.
You'll want to make sure that your canvas is really dry before moving onto the next step. You can use your heat gun a little if you like to hurry things along. To add stamping details to this valise, I've used the Maya Road Soar Butterflies stamp set and stamped it randomly in Jet Black Archival Ink. I know that I usually mention that this is the best ink for canvas and fabrics but it bears repeating in case a stamper is just joining us. Archival Inks work so well and definitely give the cleanest image without bleeding.
Once you've stamped the images where you want them, you can come in and add extra color to the line images. I've used the Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Markers to color in the butterflies. The ink in these markers is india ink and it is waterproof and works well on canvas.
To create the flower detail, I've cut out a blossom from the Milk Daisies Vintage Lace Trim and then trimmed out the inner circle of the lace so that it doesn't cover up the magnetic catch.
Finally, to finish it off, I've added color to the flower detail with the Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Markers again. You can even color in the thread on the button to coordinate the design.
Thanks for stopping by the CLASSroom and have a fabulous weekend!
Supplies: Canvas Valise by Maya Road, 6x6 Mini Swiss Dot Template by Crafter's Workshop, Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist, Strawberry Shortcake Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, Soar Butterflies Stamp Set by Maya Road, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger, Milk Daisies Vintage Lace Trim by Maya Road, Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Markers