I’m going to go ahead and make a bold statement: triangles are the new chevron. Meaning that they look good on anything, in any color, and I just can’t get enough of em.
I needed a new library bag. I couldn’t keep embarrassing my kids by showing up to story time with a broken down plastic grocery bag and looking like a hot mess. I took a simple tote and used Handmade Charlotte stencils to add some style.
Want to make your own?
a bag // stencils // craft paint // foam pouncers // painter’s tape // cardboard or paper bag to insert and protect from bleeding
How to make it:
Tape off the edges of the bag with painter’s tape so you have a crisp, clean line. It also helps to secure the bag to your surface.
Make a plan and get the colors you want ready to go. For the emerald color, I mixed the lime green and turquoise.
Dip into the paint, and blot the brush on the cardboard, then onto your bag.
tip: don’t use a ton of paint! Less is more: otherwise the paint can bleed and your bag can get sloppy.
Blot and blot and blot some more until your stencil is filled out. I also liked adding painters tape near the edge of the stencil so that I wouldn’t mess up.
I liked all the white space, but it needed more color! I added the turquoise and lime green in to the mix.
and I’m kinda sorta in love with the results:
The Handmade Charlotte stencils are starting to roll out to select JoAnn craft stores this spring. Can’t find them at yours? They’re also available on Joann.com.
What pattern or shape are you in love with lately?