Altered Tote Bag

Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great start to your week.  Today I wanted to share an altered tote bag project with you that I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  You know how much of a fan I am of DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints.  I’ve used them often on my home decor projects with wood and metal, but I’ve never tried them on canvas material.  I had a tote bag that I used often to deliver canvases and other work.  I loved it because it was sturdy, perfect size and I could fold it easily when not in use.  But, the pattern on it was not my style at all.

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

This tote I stole borrowed from my daughter.  I love the company it advertised, but I wanted to advertise my business, so I decided to break out the paint!

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I first applied a layer of DecoArt Acrylic Gesso.  This gesso is much thicker than the kind I use on my art work and I needed something that would cover up the pattern and fill in the gaps of the wording.

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I let the gesso layer dry overnight and then decided I wanted to go with the colors that are in my logo and business cards.  I first applied a layer of New Life paint on both sides of the tote.  I wasn’t worried about making it clean edges.  I wanted it to look almost like a journal page.  Using Fortune and Legacy paints with the stencils Jacobean Floral and Distressed Harlequin to both sides of the tote bag.

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I wanted to add some of my own doodles so I used a black Sharpie Paint pen and Fudeball pen for the flowers and butterfly.  The letters were created with the Sharpie Marker and Americana Whimsical Delight Letter stencil.

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I’m really loving how it turned out.  Like I said, I didn’t want the edges to be perfect, I wanted it to reflect the things and colors that I love.

Altered Tote Bag with Chalky Finish Paints by Carmen Whitehead Designs

 I hope you’re inspired to change up something that you love but feel it needs a little something different.  Thanks so much for visiting and please visit again soon!

Blessings,

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12 thoughts on “Altered Tote Bag

  1. Jackie P Neal says:

    Great transformation on that tote Carmen!! I love the new look!
    Congrats on your move- you are doing well- I see that and I couldn’t be more happier for you! Cheers and blessings! xoxo

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