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"This Little Piggy Went to the Market" Tote Bag

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

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"This Little Piggy Went to the Market" Tote Bag

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Go green with a market bag to hold local goods created with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish paints.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Carbon (ADC29)
  • Delicate (ADC11)
  • Escape (ADC20)
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Heritage (ADC09)
  • Innocence (ADC05)
  • New Life (ADC14)
  • Relic (ADC28)

Americana Decor® Varnishes

  • Soft-Touch Varnish (ADM03)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • wax paper (or freezer paper)
  • #12 flat brush
  • #1 liner brush
  • #1 round brush
  • pen or pencil
  • canvas tote bag (14" x 14" x 4") (Canvas Corp)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Tear a piece of wax or freezer paper and place inside the bag so no paint seeps through to the back side.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a pencil or pen and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the entire pig and words pattern.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a #12 flat brush to mix (3) parts Innocence with (1) part Delicate. Use the mix to fill in the pig's face and ears. Save mix for future steps. Rinse brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a #1 round brush to add a small amount of Everlasting to the mix from step 3. Use the new mix to fill in the nose and inside of the ears. Rinse brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a #1 round brush to mix (2) parts Everlasting with (1 )part Innocence; use the mix to paint on the cheeks. Rinse brush.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a #1 round brush and Heritage to basecoat the entire carrot. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and Delicate to highlight the carrot. Rinse brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use a #1 round brush and Carbon to fill in the mouth and to shade under the snout on the carrot and the carrot where stems come out. Rinse brush. Use the #1 liner brush and Carbon to outline the carrot; add details to the carrot; paint on the eyes and nose; and outline the bottom lip. Rinse brush.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use the #1 round brush and New Life to paint on the stems. Rinse brush. While the paint is still wet, load the same brush with Delicate to highlight stem leaves. Add a detail line on the leaves with Delicate. Rinse brush.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Use a #1 round brush and Escape to paint on the word "Market". (I worked on one letter at a time so it would stay wet so that I could blend the highlights). Rinse the brush before switching colors. While the paint is still wet, use the same brush and Everlasting to highlight each letter in "Market". Rinse brush.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use the #1 liner brush and Relic to paint on the cursive words "This little__ went to the". Rinse brush.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Use the #1 round brush and Innocence to paint on the word "PIGGY". Rinse brush.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Use the #1 round brush and Relic to make thin shadows on the words "PIGGY" and on the word "Market". Add water to the brush to fade the shadows. Rinse brush. Let dry. Once the bag is completely dry, seal the bag for extra protection using Soft-Touch Varnish.
    Step 11 Example