How to paint gift bags that will make you the hit of the party

UPDATE: Paperbag Studios stamps and Art Pops™ are no longer available, but many things can be substituted to make this project!
Get creative and have fun!

Ashli Oliver

I love crafting for the holidays, especially when it comes to the gift wrap! And, I think we would all agree that nothing is easier than putting a gift in a pretty hand made bag, right?

Design Team member Ashli Oliver is sharing with us some beautiful hand painted gift bags. Follow along with her video tutorial as she creates something which is sure to make you the hit of the party! She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @soaphousemama #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

These mixed media bags were so much fun to make and I think they will be even more fun to give! Inspired by the gorgeous, bold colors in the Urban Fringe and Wait for Me collections, along with the perfectly wonky and organic doodle shapes of the Mixed Media Essentials Stamp set.


"I think we would all agree that nothing is easier than putting a gift in a pretty hand made bag, right?" - tweet that!


I collaged, painted, and doodled my way to holiday gift wrap happiness. I hope it has inspired you to do the same!

Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I am blessed to have a designated studio space. It's one of the reasons we bought our house. I share pictures of it on my Instagram recently too! Its a space that used to be a two car garage and was closed in by the previous owner of our house.

The concrete floors and exposed brick make me simply giddy! I have outfitted it with plenty of wood furniture and metal shelving and the whole look just makes my heart happy. I share the space with my four daughters and we just love being in there together!

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

Don't be afraid! Seriously... it's just paper, people. If you find yourself at a place where you are LOVING what you have worked on but know that it needs more... take a picture of what you have. That way, if you mess it up beyond repair you can either print out the photo of what you had on nice paper and work on that, or you can look back and remember what you had and evaluate where you went off course.

Every "mistake" is an opportunity to learn! Don't be scared - just go for it!!!

And don't forget to have fun!

>>>Want more inspiration from Ashli?  Check out her Altered Travellers Notebook Tutorial.<<<

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