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Hand-printed tote

Added Jan 19, 2012

by cmetzel

Minneapolis, Min...






I was perusing photos of delicious, mid-century Scandinavian fabrics online this morning and noticed many of the designs featured repeating, stylized leaves. I then thought about printing onto fabric using actual leaves and got to work straight away.

I bought this canvas from a garage sale for 50 cents NZD last weekend, so I printed onto it using acrylic paint and leaves found in my garden. I tested a patch first and laundered it to find that the print held up quite well, so I proceeded with a large print. This evening, I whipped up this tote bag using the fabric and made the straps extra long for comfort, as I often like to wear a tote bag around my shoulder in lieu of a purse.

I am quite pleased with the overall outcome.

Material Notes

Second-hand canvas printed with acrylic and found materials.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Ethnic, Mod, Other

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    Jan 23, 2012, 12.51 AMby cmetzel

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments :)

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    Jan 22, 2012, 03.33 PMby kelepso

    The printing technique is beautiful!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 08.55 PMby melongrowergirl

    Love your idea and the outcome (bag)! :-)

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    Jan 19, 2012, 06.10 PMby smallone

    this is very awesome! I love the yellow leaf among the green…and I love that you used actual leaves to print…the result is very mid century and quite lovely.

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    Jan 19, 2012, 11.49 AMby blueartisan

    Absolutely gorgeous, and you live in my fav city of all time! It’s also green! (in more ways than one!) Love it!

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    Jan 19, 2012, 11.25 AMby schnui

    You are so clever and creative!!! I think you have done an amazing job of printing those leaves onto the canvas and yes it does look very Scandinavian. Simplicity is the Scandinavian trade mark and you have really achieved that with your tote.

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