Get your creative juices flowing and make a watercolor tote bag—you don’t even have to get out a paintbrush! You can revive a tote bag you already have or buy new from your local craft store—it’s very affordable and there are usually a variety of sizes.
We’ve worked out the kinks through trial and error, and have come up with some solid tips:
- If making a floral design like ours, use the rubbing alcohol sparingly. Seriously, one dropper-full is all you need, especially for small flowers. The more you use, the larger the flowers get and become less clearly defined.
- Whether following our photo as a guide or creating your own design, use a circular motion when drawing with the markers. Lines tend to show through and don’t blend as well once alcohol has been applied.
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Watercolor tote bag instructions
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- rubbing alcohol
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- Place a piece of cardboard into tote bag to prevent markers from bleeding through the canvas.
- Starting in the center of the tote bag, draw a 5-petal flower, using a circular motion to fill it in. Leave space in the center of the flower for a yellow dot.
- Using an eyedropper, add one drop of alcohol to each petal and one for the yellow dot. Repeat to make as many flowers as necessary to form a heart shape.
- Randomly add a few more drops of alcohol to blend the flowers. Remove cardboard and allow bag to dry.
- Once dry, set the color by ironing the design, using a high heat setting.