Learn How to Make a Hearts Canvas Tote Bag Using the Bokeh Technique

By Roni Johnson

In today’s tutorial, I show you how to make a hearts canvas tote bag using the Bokeh Technique using Memento Luxe Inks and Fabrico Markers. Today’s example is Valentine’s tote made using the Imagine Crafts Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF Download. You can use this same basic technique for any holiday or occasion by changing the mask used.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Directions:

Step 1

Iron the tote bag to remove all wrinkles.

Step 2

Insert a piece of cardboard into the tote bag to prevent ink from soaking through to the back of the bag.

Step 3

Print the desired heart from the PDF onto a piece of cardstock.

Step 4

Trim the heart mask(s) and adhere to the tote bag using repositionable adhesive.

Step 5

Gather the desired colors of Memento Luxe Inks.

Tip:

New or freshly-inked pads work best for this technique.

Step 6

Gather desired stamps and/or tools to stamp the circles.
Pencil erasers, circle stamps, and Sponge Daubers work great for this technique.

Step 7

Pounce the desired tool onto the ink pad; press and hold for 10-15 seconds to allow time for the canvas to soak up the ink.

Tip:

Concentrate the dots of ink closer in the center and further apart as you work your way towards the edges.

Step 8

Continue to add layers of dots with the desired color(s) of ink.

Tip: Highlight Wedding Dress (White) Memento Luxe ink on the canvas with Fabrico Marker (Bubble Gum).
This makes the white pop against the canvas and other colors of ink.

Step 9

Remove the masks and discard.

Step 10

Outline the hearts using Real Black Fabrico Marker. Add additional details with Fabrico Markers at this time if desired.

Step 11

Iron the canvas with the hottest setting allowable for the fabric to set the inks.

 

Art Supplies:

Imagine

Fabrico Marker – Bubble Gum, Poppy Red, Real Black

Sponge Dauber – 

Happy Valentine’s Day Free PDF

 

Other

Canvas Tote Bag

Iron

Cardboard

Pencil Eraser

Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Stamps – Layering Circles

White Cardstock

Repositionable Adhesive

 

 

 

Beginner Guide: Using Stamps & Stencils on Fabric with VersaCraft and Fabrico

by Nicole Watt

Join Nicole as she shows you how to use stencils and stamps on fabric! Using VersaCraft Inks and Fabrico Markers will have you looking at your stamping and crafting supplies in a whole new way.

Skill: Beginner
Time: Varies

Directions

Sponge Daubers

Other

  • Altenew – Flowering Cistus Stamps 
  • A Colorful Life Designs – 50 Shades Stencil 
  • Honey Bee – Brilliant Day Stamps 
  • My Sweet Petunia – Misti Stamp Positioner 
  • Fabric of Choice – Nicole uses t-shirt material

 

How To Make A Mixed Media Canvas in Gold Shimmer

by Nadine Carlier

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Imagine has so much more than just inks! They have lots of mixed media products too. I used several of them to create my mixed media canvas.
Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

We were challenged with the color Fern Green this month so I decided to create a mixed media canvas with a green eye focal point. Using Memento Luxe ink pads, All-Purpose Ink and Fabrico markers, I added color to a canvas. To practice a new technique, I covered my wet All-Purpose Ink with Mboss Embossing Powder to enhance parts of the drawing. I also used Creative Medium to add texture to the canvas. Using Fabrico markers can help achieve details on your drawings easily and more accurate than a brush.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours


Step 1

Draw an eye on the canvas with the All-Purpose Ink in Real Black color.


Step 2

Cover with Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. All-Purpose Ink is a dense ink that will stay tacky enough on a canvas for embossing, which is a great alternative to get the awesome shine and texture from embossing powder with the densely pigmented ink and no stamping.


Step 3

Use the flower stencil and sponge daubers with the VersaColor Orchid and Memento Angel Pink ink pads to decorate under and top of the eye on the canvas.


Step 4

Blend Memento Luxe Pistachio and Pear Tart inks with a Brushstix to color the iris and VersaColor Cement ink pad to color around the iris.


Step 5

Add details to the iris using Memento London Fog and Fabrico Pine markers.


Step 6

Cover the iris with the VersaMarker pen and the with the Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. This will give the eye a glossy look.


Step 7

Use a palette knife to spread Creative Medium, paste over the tropical leaf stencil at the bottom of the canvas.


Step 8

With the help of a Sponge dauber cover parts and among previously stenciled designs with the Memento Luxe – Pistachio ink. Stencil more leaves with VersaColor Turquoise ink.


Step 9

Enhance the leaves and add detail with markers.


Step 10

Cut a piece of paper at the shape of eye, place it on top and sprinkle or flick All-Purpose Ink Real black on the canvas.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 10 x 12 inch blank canvas
  • Sanna Lippert Designs – Dream Flower stencil
  • DecoArt – Tropical leaf stencil
  • Heat tool

 

Watch a Video for Creative Mini Canvas Tote Bag

No Sew Mini Canvas Tote Bag

by Nadine Carlier

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Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares how she created a simple no-sew mini canvas tote bag using Memento Luxe inks. See how in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 12 x 12 Canvas Sheet
  • Clear Scraps Stencil – Dandelion Wind
  • DecoArt Stencil – Serenity
  • Heat tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac
  • Twine
  • Button

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Learn to Adjust with Happy Little Accidents

We Don’t Make Mistakes…

by Roni Johnson

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Do you ever have one of those days? You know what I mean, everything seems to be just breezing along just as you envisioned it and then fate steps in to throw a monkey wrench in the works? Well that’s what happened to me while I was making this summer themed canvas. Yes, I said a summer canvas. As you will see below things were going along smashingly until fate decided that I needed this saying hanging on the wall of my art room a bit more than a canvas with a pretty summer sentiment.

Skill: We all make mistakes, so all skill levels
Time: Depends on how long it takes you to get over it

Directions

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Step 1

On a plain natural canvas generously spritz the entire canvas with Ink Potion No. 9.

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Step 2

Use an Ink Dropper to apply dots of Sky Blue All-Purpose Ink (API) randomly over the canvas. Let the Ink Potion No.9 spread the ink naturally.

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Step 3

Repeat using API in Green Apple and Tropical Lagoon.

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Step 4

Use a small paintbrush dipped into Ink Potion No. 9 to pull the inks towards the edge of the canvas. Once you are satisfied with the design, set it aside to dry.

∗Insert ominous music here

I didn’t follow my own instructions to SET ASIDE. I inadvertently spilled two-thirds of a bottle of Tropical Lagoon API on my drying canvas that I had left on my work surface.

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Trying not to cry over spilt ink, I came up with an alternative. As fate would have it  earlier that day I read where Bob Ross videos were going to become available again on a movie rental site. Inspiration hits!

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Step 5

“Match” the Tropical Lagoon by adding more Sky Blue and Apple Green splotches in the other corner and let it dry – in another room.

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Step 6

Once dry, mix a couple drops of Champagne Mist API in an mini spritz bottle with Ink Potion No. 9. Shake and spritz the mix over the canvas and once again let it dry.

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Step 7

Print out desired sentiment in fun, funky fonts that match the mood of the canvas. All of these fonts can be found at DaFont.com. Cut out and arrange on the canvas for fit; take a photo to help with the arrangement later on.

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Step 8

Color the backs of each letter using a black Gelato or similar medium.

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Step 9

Re-position each word on the canvas; temporarily adhere it with washi tape or painters tape. Use a stylus or other blunt ended tool to trace over each word exactly as it is on the printout. Continue until each word has been transferred to the canvas.

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Step 10

Outline and fill in each letter on the entire canvas with a black Fabrico Marker. Add extra little bits to highlight and frame your sentiment. I added “Bob Ross” to the right edge of the canvas so everyone would know where the quote came from.

This canvas is now hanging in my art room where I can see it every day. It’s a nice reminder to not take things too serious.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Canvas Corp – Natural 14×14 Canvas
  • Paintbrush
  • Printed text
  • Faber Castell – Black Gelato
  • Stylus

 

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