Why yes, it's true! On this lovely Valentine's Day, I printed a hundred canvas bags for the Art Therapy Institute's "I Heart Art" fundraiser this weekend. I don't have printmaking equipment - not even silk screens - so I just sort of used what I had and made it work. They're not perfect, but they're sweet and handmade and I think they'll be cute at the fundraiser.
It took a lot of time to make so many, but the process was actually really easy. And I took a bunch of pictures so you can see how to do it, too.
Here are the materials:
Canvas bag (or whatever you want to print on)
A piece of cardboard (not pictured)
First, cut a heart (I did it free-hand, but you could trace one if you want it to be more precise) out of a piece of contact paper using an X-acto knife (do this on a cutting mat or piece of cardboard to protect your surfaces). Then peel the backing off the contact paper and place the stencil on a canvas bag.
Place the piece of cardboard inside the bag so paint doesn't leak through the back. Using a foam brush, fill in the heart with a layer of acrylic paint.
Gently peel off the stencil, remove cardboard, and set aside to dry.
Repeat 100 times (I used the same stencil for all 100 - it got less sticky but still did the trick!).
(This project has been approved by Darby)