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Mixed Media Beach Bag

by: Maura Hibbitts
July 11, 2019

Mixed Media Beach Bag

If you are like me, there are always a lot of little things to pack to take to the beach…my book, reading glasses, sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, phone…and the list goes on. I like having bags and pouches to sort my things out and make them easier to find in the big beach bag. I also love finding new ways to use items that could easily be thrown away, like packaging. I recently bought some wool dryer balls from Trader Joe’s which came in a cool canvas bag, perfect for upcycling.

The DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team received Gelli Arts® gelli plates, a brayer and Americana Premium Acrylic paints from the generous folks at Gelli Arts®s and DecoArt to use with our summer projects. Once I start playing with paint and a gel plate, I am lost in time, and hours later I emerge again covered in paint. So much fun, and I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried this yet!

Thus, upcycled canvas bag meets Gelli® plate and paint!

**DecoArt Note: Find more Gelli Arts® + Americana Premium projects here and learn about our giveaway! 

Items needed :

  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Translucent White
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Ocean Life
  • Gelli Arts® 5x7 Gel Plate
  • Gelli Arts® Diamond Gel Plate
  • Gelli Arts® Brayer
  • Serendipity Stencil
  • Small canvas bag
  • Palette knife or spatula
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Newsprint (or non-glossy junk mail)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Heat tool
  • Baby wipes

Instructions :

Step 1: Take a canvas bag and insert a piece of cardboard into the center of it. The bag can be upcycled, like mine, hand sewn, or purchased.

Step 2: Blend Cobalt Teal Hue and Cerulean Blue on the 5x7 gel plate. I found it easier to mix on the larger plate, pick it up with the brayer, and transfer to the diamond plate. Starting at the base of the bag, “stamp” a row of half diamonds with the gel plate. Above these, “stamp” another row of diamonds with the gel plate, then at the top, lighten the blues up a bit with more Cobalt Teal Hue and Translucent White, and “stamp” half diamonds across the top. When you finish, your bag will have a harlequin style pattern in blue. I went back in and added a second layer of blue paint to my diamonds. Let dry or use a heat tool and repeat on the second side. TIP: Clean off the brayer by rolling it onto newsprint to get most of it off, then take off the rest with a baby wipe. I also do the same thing with my plates.

Step 3: I wanted to create a coral color, and blended Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Orange Hue and Translucent White until I had what I needed. I found it easier to blend with a palette knife on the larger gel plate. I repeated Step 2 with the coral, going in-between the blue diamonds. At the top, I laid paper across the cord area as a mask, to try to get a more even top.

Step 4: Next, I stenciled on the shell pattern, using the Ocean Life stencil, a cosmetic sponge, and Titan Buff. Then, I mixed up a bit of Translucent White and Quinacridone Magenta and dabbed a bit of that around the edges for some variation. I repeated the design at the top and bottom corners.

Step 5: I decided I wanted my shell in bolder colors, so re-stenciled it using a mix of Cadmium Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Titan Buff and Translucent White. I like that this leaves a bright outline around my stenciled area.

Step 6: Time to add the Word Beach with the Serendipity stencil, and a blend of Cobalt Teal Hue and Translucent White with the cosmetic sponge. Once again, I found it handy to use the large gel plate to mix my colors on. TIP: When stenciling with a sponge, be sure to tap off most of the paint before stenciling as this will give you a cleaner image.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 4 and 5 on the other side of the bag with the Ocean Life stencil.

Step 8: I like to add a bit of embroidery into my work now and then. I used teal embroidery floss to add a blanket stitch design around the top of the bag.

Details: Thank you Gelli Arts® and DecoArt for the opportunity to play with your great products and create my beach bag!

Now I have a cute little bag to take to the beach that I can put my Kindle and reading glasses into.

I encourage you to look at the packaging of items you buy and think “outside the box” for a way to repurpose it, and I hope you will try making yourself a cute beach bag! Maura

Be sure to visit TwoCraftingSisters for more projects and to learn more about Maura Hibbitts.

Comments

Maura, nice project!

Catherine

June 25, 2019

This is sooooo cool!! I love it, and wtg on upcycling that bag!

Christine Dring

July 11, 2019

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