This cute gift bag was created using our Canvas Lunch Sack and DecoArt’s SoSoft Paints. I adapted a design found in Laurie Spelt’s Simple Sampler book. This was my first real painting project on canvas. If you remember I did stencil kitchen towels in an earlier post, but this was really my first actual painting project on fabric. I did have a little trouble using graphite paper, so I ended up free-handing the cupcake outline using a regular pencil. You do have to load your brush a little heavier than other surfaces, and paint does go through the canvas a little so make sure you have a cardboard inside the sack. I found shading while the paint was still wet a great adaptation for the canvas. I used Laurie’s Swirls and Stars Stencil for the darker blue background and some other stencils we had around that worked for the flower, leaves, and “celebrate!” which made the project super fast. Laurie’s Alphay Stencil would be cute on the lettering as well. When stenciling don’t forget to use Stencil Tape to block those things that you don’t want or you may end up with a boo-boo. Since Laurie’s original design was meant to go on wood, not all of her choices of DecoArt’s Americana paints crosss over to SoSoft Paints, I had to do some blending of the browns to get the color I wanted. Here is the list of SoSoft Paints that I used: Mocha, Warm Neutral, Dark Chocolate, Ultra White, Buttermilk, Lamp Black, Baby Pink Deep, Fuchsia, Dark Burgundy, Light Hauser Green, Green, Santa Red, Ocean Blue, and True Blue.
And just in case your mouth was watering when you saw these delicious chocolate cupcakes that Lisa made for our chocolate celbration day (her birthday and my anniversary), you can make these delicious Dark Chocolate Rasberry Cupcakes too. Lisa does something a little special, she adds a layer of Ganache before the Vanilla Buttercream frosting.