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Swan Stenciled Tote Bag and Notebooks

Time to hit the books! We used a single stencil set to decorate a pile of notebooks and a plain tote bag with graceful swans, lily pads, and lotus flowers.


Photography: John Armitage

Source: Martha Stewart


  1. Cut apart stencil designs along the perforated lines and lay out onto tote bag. Peel off backing and adhere in desired placement.
  2. Apply Blue Calico and Greek Tile craft paints on stencil designs using the stencil brush; let dry completely. Repeat stencil designs until you achieve desired coverage.
  3. On small kraft journal, create an overall pattern using the small and medium sized lily pads and small flower stencils. Adhere stencils and apply Greek Tile craft paint with foam pouncer.

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