Watercolor Tote Canvas for Summer Swim Gear
Canvas Totes make the perfect...well...canvas.
To celebrate the sweet, spring days ahead, I decided to create this watercolor totes in the pastels of early daffodils, tulips and crocus. Combining watercolors with stronger yellows and pinks made pretty combinations reminiscent of the garden this time of year. The two basic things you will need are your paints and a canvas. In this case, I am using a canvas TOTE as my canvas!
- Canvas Tote -- I used this extra large one
- My favorite pearlescent watercolor paints
- various crafts paints and/or glass paints
- paintbrushes, water, patience and time
- optional: tape to block off the edge of the tote (See below)
Process:Tape off any parts of your canvas that you don't want paint on. I put a big piece of packing tape along the seam edge on the bottom of the tote (See below). Then the fun begins! Choose two colors that are similar in shade. Dip your paintbrush into water, then into the watercolor to moisten the paint. Once the paint is loosened up, make a long line of your first color. Skip a space of 1-2 inches of canvas, then make your second color.
See the two strong colors and the blend between them? You can continue this technique all along your tote for a very soft, sweet, pastel look. If the color ever becomes too strong, simply dilute it and drag the color to a new spot on your canvas.
The idea is always to keep blending, blending, blending. One note: If you do not want your canvas to start looking "muddy" choose a limited palette and stick to it! I used primarily yellows, pinks and orange/corals. I used a tiny bit of green and blue, but put them in a seperate part of the bag, allowed them to dry fully, THEN layered on top of them. If you mix all the colors of the rainbow while wet, everything will just turn a nice shade of BROWN.