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Drip Art Canvas Tote

By: Melony Bradley

Use the dip art technique to create a trendy bag from Melony Bradley you can carry everywhere. Paint a solid background on your tote and, once that's dry, you can start dripping! Experiment with the size and shape of your dots - the more imperfect, the better.

Drip Art Canvas Tote


  • Black canvas tote
  • Jacquard Neopaque paints
  • 1" paintbrush
  • Foam bird stamp set by Claudine Hellmuth Studios
  • Paint dauber for this or cosmetic sponge
  • Script fabric
  • Liquid Fusion


  1. I started with a simple black canvas tote that can be purchased at almost any craft store, or on line at eco-bags.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  2. I used Neopaque in white by Jacquard products to randomly paint swatches of white here and there, with a 1" paintbrush.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  3. To get the beautiful sheen, I used Lumiere in Metallic Gold and again painted random swatches, letting the colors dry before applying the next one.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  4. After applying swatches of Neopaque in turquoise, I used the brush to dip into the paint bottle and let it drip randomly over the surface. Depending on the size of your drips and how much paint you use, this will take a while to dry.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  5. I put the finishing touches on with Lumiere in Burnt Orange. The background of this tote is now complete.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  6. Three things I love are motifs, typography and texture. I chose this foam bird stamp set by Claudine Hellmuth Studios to add a bird and branch to the left side of my bag using Neopaque Black. You can use a paint dauber for this or cosmetic sponge to apply the paint to the stamp. Ink does not work well as it will not stand up to the layers of paint.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  7. I am hugely inspired by all the sewn free form flowers I keep seeing popping up everywhere, so I decided to create some of my own. I hand drew my own pattern and transferred it to the back of this script fabric from It is from Michael Miller and called old script black.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
  8. I attached the flowers to the bag using Liquid Fusion and added some bling in the center.

    Drip Art Canvas Tote

    Drip Art Canvas Tote
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I think I'm gonna have to try this one. Looks really interesting and trendy.

Looks like lots of fun! I might have to try it myself.

I love it! Although I've been sewing for over 40 years (yikes, I'm 55!!!), I want to learn fiber art techniques and plan on taking an online class sometime. This gives me inspiration!!!

I love this bag! Gonna have to try it myself.


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