New Custom Canvas Totes

I've been back in the studio this week after some time "off" (as if that really happens when you're a parent!) house cleaning, gift wrapping, getting together with family, watching endless Christmas movies with Seth, and, most importantly, nursing a sick baby back to health.

I had every intention of posting a few more watercolor tutorials here before the end of the year, but life circumstances got in the way I'm afraid! So, I apologize for that but promise to have them back up and running every Thursday starting in the new year. 

I'm definitely ready for a fresh start in 2016! How about you?

One of my big goals for next year is to start a new category in my shop for gift items. I've been sitting on a lot of fun new ideas that, for whatever reason, just haven't happened this year. Then a customer approached me with the idea of painting a pet portrait on a canvas tote bag for her daughter for Christmas, and I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to try something new!

The result was even better than I'd imagined! The bag is a heavier cotton canvas that holds the paint really well and feels stiff to the touch, which means the paint doesn't bleed through or wrinkle the bag. Also, I love the idea of carrying useable art around on your shoulder all day! 

I'm only offering a limited number of these bags at first until I can paint my own and use it for a while to see how the paint wears. Acrylic paint is very plastic and flexible, so I don't think there will be any issues of cracking or pealing. 

If you're interested in commissioning me to paint your pup on a canvas tote, purchase this listing to get started!

I hope you have a happy New Year's Eve!