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Painted Canvas Bag by Allison Holland

There are a number of 'bags for life' being offered at super markets, but if you want to create a unique and personal design, our canvas bag can be painted with fabric paints.

Canvas bag and Deka Permanent fabric paints

The design was sketched out on a piece of paper before being copied onto the bag with an autofade pen.  The ink from an autofade pen will fade automatically within 3-4 days and mistakes can be removed more quickly with a wetted cotton bud.

Design sketch replicated with autofade pen

A Deka Twin pen was used to draw over the autofade pen to create an outline.

A Deka Twin Pen is used to draw an outline

Allison chose three colours of Deka Permanent fabric paint to paint the flowers, Rosewood, Bordeaux and Dark Green.  The colours are very opaque and quite thick, and because of the coarse weave of the canvas fabric, do not spread very easily.  Allison found that using a stiffer brush helped with application.

A close-up of the image painted with Deka Permanent fabric paint

The finished bag.  The fabric paint is made permanent and washable by ironing on the reverse with a hot iron.

A hand painted 'bag for life' by Allison Holland

Allison also painted a cushion cover made from a finely woven cotton fabric similar in weave to Primissima cotton.  The paints were easier to apply because of the fine weave.

Flowers painted on a cushion cover by Allison Holland

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