Tuesday, March 26, 2013

When life gives you lemons...

I'm warming up with my first DIY post (beginner friendly)! So get your crafting pants on, ladies and gentlemen. As we all know, Austin has issued a "bag ban" against single use shopping bags. Womp, womp, womp...and the eyeballs roll....Okay let's stop the pouting and embrace it! Not only does it give us the opportunity to conserve but it forces us to be proactive, responsible and less wasteful. Listen, I'm not anti-plastic bags but if this gives me an opportunity to have the cutest grocery bags...I'll take it! Lets get started.

Supplies: canvas bag, fabric paint (1 color + 1 white), foam brush, painter's tape

Tape off your bag into sections to show gradient transitions.
Begin with your solid color at the bottom of your bag.

Gradually add white paint to achieve ombré colors.

Finished product!

 This project was simple and turned out great! Don't be afraid to play with pattern and color...you will have the most unique bag at the next farmer's market! I only did the stripes on one side and I'm happy with how it turned out. Two important things to remember...
  • Separate the bag with a piece of cardboard to avoid the paint bleeding through.
  • Remove the painter's tape while the paint is still wet to avoid the paint sticking to the tape and peeling unevenly.
  So when life gives you lemons...make those lemons beautiful! Happy *green shopping!

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