Lifestyle Tries: decorating canvas tote bags

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Tote bags have always been a trendy yet fun way to carry around your belongings. Campus is full of assorted tote bags in various colors, designs and textures. But if you want to personalize your tote bag even more, painting it yourself is the way to go. This week, Lifestyle Tries is breaking out the paintbrushes to try it for ourselves.

Supplies needed include a blank canvas tote bag, acrylic or fabric paint, paintbrushes, stencils (or hand paint it), a piece of cardboard or thick cardstock, and fabric markers.

All these supplies can be found at your local craft store.

This DIY took about an hour and $8 to create.

Follow these steps to make your own hand-painted tote bag:

Step One: Cut a piece of cardboard or thick cardstock to fit inside your tote bag. This ensures that the paint will not seep through the back of the tote.

Step Two: Chose your design and prepare your painting space. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and has hundreds of examples to get your creative juices flowing. You can also purchase or print out stencils or stamps to help you achieve your wanted design.

Step Three: Get painting! If your tote bag is a color besides white make sure to test the selected colors so you have an accurate representation of what they will look like.

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Step Four: Once your paint has dried, this is a chance to add more layers to the overall design. This could include overlapping graphics, creating texture by layering paint or adding custom text using fabric markers (sharpies work great for this as well).

Share your stylish and wearable artwork by tagging @cbulancermedia in your photos.

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