This tote bag project makes the perfect summer gift for mom or a gal pal. It demonstrates the technique of printing an image onto a sheet of TAP™ Transfer Artist Paper then enhancing the printed image with oil pastels before transferring the image on to the base in the project (in this case a very clean, white tote bag).
By Lesley Riley
- TAP™ Transfer Artist Paper
- Plain tote bag from craft store (white or light colors work best)
- Portfolio oil pastels (available at Staples in the children’s section)
- Optional: basket photo (see below)
- Low-tack tape
- 2 sheets of clean copy or parchment paper
1. Print or draw a basket onto a sheet of TAP. To maximize drawing area, place basket on one of the long sides of TAP. If using a photo and photo-editing software, erase areas of the basket for leaves & flowers (See sample).
2. Draw and/or color leaves and flowers directly onto the sheet of TAP.
3. Iron out any fold lines or wrinkles on the tote bag.
4. Insert 1 sheet of copy paper inside the tote.
5. Position prepared TAP face down on tote and tape in place. Note: Oil pastels will smear if moved when in contact with tote.
6. Cover TAP with clean sheet of paper and iron until transfer is complete.