Tote bags are wonderful for many reasons. Mainly because of the many ways you can use them. Through all that use though they will get dirty because of all the love they endure. I decided to make some fun totes using old fashioned photographic processes featuring a photo I took of a hydrangea.  One of the processes is called a cyanotype which was invented in 1840 by Sir John Herschel. It has a blue tone and in the 1870's they used it for architectural blue prints.

Now mind you I took the knowledge I had and did it digitally. In many ways I'm glad for the digital world, because these processes have alot of toxic chemicals in them. These luscious, dark tones are rich. As well, I created a sepia toned bag and a black and white one technically known as Platinum. The final color combination I created was blue and gold. 


The totes are easy to care for. Just throw them in the washer and dryer and if they should fade a bit, that just adds to the vintage appeal! One more little tidbit about preserving color in fabrics. You can simply soak them in white wine vinegar. Use a cup of vinegar and add it to a gallon of water. Soak it for 10 minutes and there you have it. Your tote will always look just like it does now!! 

Thanks for taking the time!


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