• Blank Canvas Tutorials: Neon Dots

    Photography on the final images is by Liz Daly, a San Francisco based photographer

    Excited to share with you another blank canvas tutorial, a new weekly tutorial series I started last week all about decorating and personalizing the plain canvas tote we’ve all come to love. Last week I made a fishy pool tote, and this week’s neon polka dot tote couldn’t be easier- and yet I think it might be one of my favorites. I’ve been carrying this one all around town since the day I made it.

    Keep reading to see the full tutorial!

    Start off with some really bright, neon fabric paint, a pencil with eraser, and plain canvas tote. You can buy plain canvas totes here for under $2 each.

    I put a piece of scrap paper in the bag to protect the other side I’m not painting. Then I grabbed some more scrap paper to test out how I much paint I need on the eraser to get a good polka dot. Turns out if I dip it into the paint, and then blot one time on the paper, it’s ready to go to make one polka dot. I repeat with each one.

    I tried to make them random. Which was much harder than it seemed! My brain really really wanted to create a pattern and line them up, but I fought against it. I thought it would look more organic if it wasn’t perfect.

    That’s it! It’s really a 10 minute project. Let dry and take it out to the park!


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    6. Artist in LA LA Land said… September 4, 2012 5:01 pm

      Ah, I love that you used a pencil eraser for the dots. Groovy, fun cool!

    7. Jorina said… September 3, 2012 11:36 pm

      Fantastic! Such an easy way to spruce up a tote!

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    9. Sharon @ Discovering Blog said… August 24, 2012 12:01 pm

      I just bought 10 bags from ingreetings.com for my son’s 7th Birthday Party this weekend. I’ll let the kids decorate them and then they can use them for their goodie bags.

      Thanks for the inspiration!

      • Liz Stanley said… August 24, 2012 6:31 pm

        Such a great idea!

    10. Antonia said… August 24, 2012 9:41 am

      love the bag! ive been wanting to style up some plain bags : ) also i love the simple wire basket on your bike mind sharing where you got it? did it come with your bike?

    11. Mariana said… August 24, 2012 8:23 am

      It turned out beautiful!!

      p.s.: I painted and printed two totes in may. (You can check them out on my blog.:))

    12. Aukse said… August 23, 2012 10:54 am

      What a brilliant idea! I love simple but good looking totes. Thanks for such a beautiful idea. 🙂

    13. Anna @ IHOD said… August 22, 2012 6:14 pm

      You can’t go wrong with neon…or polka dots. Fantastic idea:)

    14. erin said… August 21, 2012 3:51 pm

      love this and can’t wait to try it!

    15. Jasmine said… August 21, 2012 3:44 pm

      Aww. so cute.. Loving the polka dot trend going around at the moment. I can’t wait to try it on some other little projects I’ve got cooking! Where did you buy the neon fabric paint? Can’t seem to find any in good ol’ Australia

      • Liz Stanley said… August 24, 2012 6:32 pm

        Oh really? I just got it at my local craft store. Should be able to get it there too I’d think!

    16. mariel said… August 21, 2012 12:13 pm

      so cute! but not as cute as your pants! where are your pants from??!

      • Liz Stanley said… August 21, 2012 12:29 pm

        Hi! The pants are from Zara last fall 🙂

    17. Elizabeth Miller said… August 21, 2012 11:48 am

      This is SO CUTE! Love the bike too and all the photos, where is it from?

      • Liz Stanley said… August 21, 2012 12:28 pm

        Hey! The bike is from bikesdirect.com

    18. chelsea said… August 21, 2012 10:42 am

      My kind of project- 10 minutes. I’m getting a bag now to make for my daughters new ballet class. Curious- what size is yours?

      • Liz Stanley said… August 21, 2012 11:50 am

        Hi! If you follow that link in the post you’ll see a bunch of different bags. I think mine were the 15 x 16 that cost $13.50 each.

    19. Wendy Ballsterw said… August 21, 2012 10:41 am

      Love this one! So easy and cute

    20. Michelle A said… August 21, 2012 9:11 am

      Now, this is my kind of craft. Easy and fast, plus it would be great for kids to do as gifts for others.

      And Liz, you look fantastic!!!

    21. Beth Baker said… August 21, 2012 6:24 am

      This looks so easy and fun! I’m gonna try it this week for sure:)

    22. Anna of IHOD said… June 16, 2011 9:36 am

      Not only am I loving neon, but I am loving oversized prints!!

    23. Liz Stanley said… June 16, 2011 9:21 am

      Rebecca, isn't it? I'd love to see if if you end up making something similar! Please share

    24. Suzi said… June 16, 2011 2:23 am

      sweet :))

    25. Sarah Rall said… June 16, 2011 12:16 am

      Ooooh that is fabulous! It definitely adds a bit of spice to a room.

    26. rebecca said… June 15, 2011 7:47 pm

      Ah, I need large wall art! This neon is fantastic!!

    27. The BabbyMama said… June 15, 2011 7:05 pm

      Yes. A thousand times yes. For my room, for sure!

    28. bicocacolors said… June 15, 2011 11:42 am

      me gusta!!!

    29. Liz Stanley said… June 15, 2011 10:21 am

      Renee- how funny! i've love to live in Belgium! Heard amazing things about it

    30. saltandpine said… June 15, 2011 10:08 am

      Wow. My daughter would love something like this!

    31. Renée said… June 15, 2011 9:57 am

      That's a lovely idea! xoOh, when I started to read your about me section I first thought you lived in my country because we also have a city names Hoboken. Funny!

    32. kitty said… June 15, 2011 9:23 am

      At first I had an instinctual aversion to this neon trend. But I love seeing it done right. That whole room rocks!thanks for sharing!xo

    33. Liz Stanley said… June 15, 2011 9:19 am

      Bri, yes I agree. A little odd! But so much possibility here

    34. Bri (like the cheese) said… June 15, 2011 9:01 am

      While the idea is neat, The image itself is an odd chice for what appears to be a little girl's room, no?

    35. Sarah said… June 15, 2011 8:17 am

      Ya, this is pretty awesome.- Sarahhttp://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

    36. Ana Degenaar said… June 15, 2011 8:05 am

      Gorg, home! I'm smitten.

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