January 2, 2012

Stenciled Market Tote

A few weeks ago, Cutting Edge Stencils allowed me to
 choose one of their products to try out.
 I was excited because as crafty as I am,
 this was my first time stenciling.

 Somehow, I had it in my head that it would be
tedious and easy to mess up.
(I usually try to steer clear of fussy projects.) 

 But I started out trying a smaller craft size stencil
called Nagoya and it was surprisingly easier
than I expected. 

I was attracted to this stencil because it seemed so versatile;
 I could use it on fabric, furniture or a small section of a wall. 
I also liked that the design wasn't too girly.
(I am the only lady in the house and can't
have flowery things everywhere.) 

Nagoya medium craft stencil

So for my first try with stenciling, I did a canvas tote using fabric paint.
I figured if I messed this up, it wouldn't cause too much damage.
Plus, I could look cute at the farmer's market. 
(why not? it's much better and greener than carrying boring old plastic bags.)

my fabric paint colors and stenciling brush

I will admit, I did mess up a little bit in the beginning, in my eagerness to 
get started,  I used too much paint at first and it bled through.

 I learned that you need to dab off the paint onto a cloth until it's almost dry,
then apply to the fabric (or wall). Sometimes I have to learn the hard way...

Thankfully, I believe there are no mistakes in art and I was able to
 cover it up with the stripe you see at the top of the tote. 

And now that know that stenciling is fun and not fussy, 
I plan on doing a table top in the near future.

And speaking of furniture, stay tuned later this week to see my first
of a few painted furniture revamps I've been working on.
I have really been in the mood to change some colors around the house.
(I am really over reddish-orange.)
Can you guess what changes I made to this pie safe?

Thanks for reading!

Linking up with these and this party.


  1. Well, I love the bag! Great job! I use to love stenciling, but haven't done it in years. I think there are probably some wonderful stencils on the market now. LOVE the pie safe, no matter what you do with it!

  2. The bag looks great! I just purchased my first stencil & look forward to using it. Thanks for the tips!

  3. The bag looks wonderful! I love the color combo. I may have to make a bag like this closer to farmer's market season. Thanks for sharing! -Aimee

  4. Oh wow!

    This turned out sooooo great!

    I love all the bright, happy colors, and that pattern is one of my faves!

    Would also love it if you stopped by for a visit!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (

  5. Thanks everyone! I was surprised at the selection of cool and modern designs they had-coming along way from the olden days of stenciling...ha ha....

  6. Checking in again to see how you're doing on this fine morning!

  7. Doing well, thanks for asking :)

  8. Love the tote! I'm your newewst follower so stop back for a visit!!

  9. Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway....

    XO, Aimee

  10. The bag looks fabulous!

    (Stopping by from Everything Under the Moon's linky party.)

  11. What a great idea! I have a stencil and think I may just put it to use! I love this!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. You have a great eye for color. I think graphic design is in your future. :0 Thanks for sharing your great stenciled tote on BeColorful


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