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Home > Howtos > Embellished Tote Bag - Making the Stencil

Circuit Bridge Project Guide - Embellished Tote Bag

Part I - Making the stencil
Part II - Embelishing the Tote Bag using your newly created stencil >>

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Embellished Tote Bag
Materials and Supplies
 • PhotoEZ™ or
   stencil film
• Liquitex BASICS High
   Viscosity Paint (we
   used Titanium White)
• Artwork (black and
   white computer
   printout will do)
• Jones Tones Puff Paint
   (Forest Green)
 • Tote Bag    • Plastic tray   
 • Exposure Frame    • Squeegee   
 • Plastic Frame
• Brush   
 • Plastic Canvas    • Palette Knife
This project guide will show you how to embellish tote bag using our silkscreen stencils along with your artwork.

Read all instructions before beginning your project. Read manufacture labels on products and supplies being used. Have FUN!
Project By:  Circuit Bridge
Time to Do:  3-5 hours
Skill Level:  Beginner to  Intermediate
Embelished Tote Bag Artwork Step 1: Create your artwork and get it ready for printing

All you need is a black and white picture or drawing. Since we wanted to use 2 different colors, we have gone one step further and separated our artwork into two pictures - a tree and text in a circle. See step 2.
Tote Bag Artwork - Tree
Tote Bag Artwork - Text in Circle
Tote Bag Project - Print Artwork

Step 2: Print your artwork

For maximum detail, use InkJet or LaserJet transparency when printing.


Peel PhotoEZ or StencilPro backing Step 3: Peel clear protective backing from PhotoEZ or StencilPro
Tote Bag Place Artwork on Plastic

Step 4: Place printed artwork over clear plastic sheet of the Contact Frame

Place PhotoEZ or StencilPro on Artwork Step 5: Place the PhotoEZ or StencilPro silkscreen stencil shiny side down on artwork
Tote Bag - Add Black Foam Step 6: Add the black foam board
Magnets in the frame should clamp the two parts together firmly. To ensure good contact press down on the center of the contact frame.
Tote Bag - Expose Stencil Step 7: Expose
Turn over the contact frame so that the clear plastic sheet of the frame faces the light. Expose to light source. Be sure to use the exposure times as recommended for your stencil film type.

• PhotoEZ exposure chart
• StencilPro exposure chart
Tote Bag - soak stencil in water Step 8: Soak in tap water for 15 minutes
Gradually you will be able to see the silhouette of the exposed image on stencil.
Tote Bag - Brush and Rinse StencilPro or PhotoEZ stencil with water Step 9: Brush and rinse
Brush and rinse with water. Use a plastic canvas to support the stencil during rinsing or cleaning screen printing ink.
Tote Bag -Stencil is ready to use Step 10: Dry stencil
Your stencil is no longer sensitive to light. As soon as the stencil is dry, it is ready for use.
Tote Bag - Text in circle artwork Step 11: Repeat steps 2 through 10 if you are using separate stencil, as we are using for text in a circle printout
Click here to go to Part II - Embelishing the Tote Bag using your newly created stencil >>
The information in this project guide is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Circuit Bridge, LLC disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions. Since we have no control over physical surrounding the application of information herein contained, Circuit Bridge, LLC disclaims any liability for untoward results.

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