Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paint Party Friday - My canvas bags finally arrived!!!

Hi guys

Well this week has been quite a busy one with school holidays and a husband with the worst case of the man flu,  you can imagine that I have  had my hands full!

Finally my canvas tote bags arrived that I ordered a while back and have been able to paint one of them already. I wanted to paint a design that looked like  you were carrying a painting around with you and so decided to recreate my 'Garden Angel' design.

First up I sketched the design on with fabric pen.

 Then I set to work painting it!
I'm really happy with how this turned out and have so many more ideas for more bags. Our supermarkets over here are soon to be banning plastic bags so I thought this might be a nice  way to remember to take my bag shopping with me. You could use it for anything really and I also have ideas to make some cute kids library bags with some designs on too.

The next step is to heat seal it. I will be working on more of these this week and adding to my shop :0)

The other thing that's been keeping me busy this week has been a school holiday project with my boys. We decided to make an animated movie so have spent days drawing and making characters then building a movie set. We took loads of photos the other day and I now need to put them into the computer with this software that I have which will put it all together. I think after a long time of taking pics we have about 3 seconds of film heheheh but the boys are loving it.

 The opening shot with 'Sir Scardey cat'
 The boys designed then made the characters. There is this crocodile/dragon and the spikey things are the 'dark lord's' minions hehehe
 My 4 year old took over as set designer and made some beautiful flowers he also designed the crocodile/dragon.
The end shot where 'Sir scardey cat' and 'Princess Proud' are reunited!!!

We had a lot of fun!


Domestic Icing said...

How fun! The tote looks great, but the knights, castle, etc? Awesome.

Gloria said...

Hi Nicola. You've always got fun things going on. Love your tote bag and your other artistic works are just wonderful. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Julia Christie said...

Love the bag and what a great project with your boys! Missed you!


WrightStuff said...

I'm going to be having fun with a school project this weekend too. We are going to be dressing up as Romans then I thought I might use photoshop to put our pictures into ancient Rome!

Your bag is stunning by the way - so much nicer than a carrier bag for sure!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Love the bag! And the animated movie is adorable and a lot of work! Take Care ;o)

Kristin said...

Nicola! Your bag is fabulous! What an awesome idea - now I want to try it ... and I LOVE your movie idea too, what wonderful memories you are making. have a great weekend, xo

Fallingladies said...

love the bag, that looks like fun, but so does the animated movie, How great is that to work on together!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

yes, love the bag! Wonderful and the animated movie is great also ~ Lucky kids to have an artist for a Mom thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

wednesday said...

What an awesome project for your kids! When school was out and I had a deadline, I used to turn my son lose with a digital camera and he'd set up epic action figure battles and take dozens of pictures. Kept him occupied for hours.

The tote bag looks terrific too!

Joni Nickrent said...

Too the art painted on the bag! POP ART MINIS

Anonymous said...

Great fun! When my boys where very young, I always used to have them join in the art projects I did, or beading, or baking. They used to love it - I don't think they remember the details now they are older, but I think the seeds are still there.

Mandy said...

love the bag...and how cool is that play set the little

Yvonne said...

Fun post and love the tote. I will be glad when ours does away with plastic bags. I"ve been using fabric bags for a long time now and need to make a few new ones. Thought of using crayola on the fabric this time.

NatashaMay said...

That is a fun project! I hope you get to show us the film when it's finished. :) Great bag, too!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Your canvas bag came out beautifully- I LOVE it!
And what FUN you must have had with your boys!
Happy PPF (a day late ;))

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What great projects! What do you use to paint your totes? I've used acrylics and they work. I think making a movie with your kids is awesome! They will have fond memories of that creative journey! And the set looks wonderfully fun! Patsy from

Lesley said...

I love your garden angel - great bag! and making a movie too - excellent fun.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi! tried answering from your comment in my blog.
I've used acrylic on t shirts and it didn't wash off. I didn't use thick paint, more like washes.
My designs were usually flowers and leaves.
Nice to meet you!
:^) patsy

Kristin Dudish said...

How wonderful to carry a piece of art wherever you go!

Your animated movie sounds like a fun family project (I hope you share it with us when you're finished)!


p.s. I am loving your mini canvases - the fangs on last weeks beauty are great :)

Geckostone said...

The bag is wonderful, what a great idea!And the project with your boys looks sooooooo fun! I love it!I'm still into dragons and castles and knights, I don't want to ever grow up. Bought a cool toy dragon at Micheals yesterday,lol!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow...gorgeous..I love your tote creation...beautiful art as always..symbolc and it! and fantastic creations with the kiddies..spectacular!

creatingme said...

oh my goodness, I must get one of these bags!!!

EVA said...

Gorgeous bag! And what great characters and such fun to be had making up stories involving them. Hope everyone is better and no one else catches the flu bug.


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