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How to Make a Tote Bag With Painting and Mixing Paint

Nov 17

The tote bag has become a fashion statement as well as a useful way to carry necessities. You can make your own one-of-a-kind tote bag by hand painting it on an easel. This is a fun way to express your creativity and show off your personality. To create a unique tote, first decide on what design you want and choose paints that will work with the design. Acrylic paint is a good choice for tote bags because it can be mixed with Fabric Painting Medium. This makes the paint a little thinner and easier to spread. Start with a few colors of acrylic paint and add the medium to each color. Mix it thoroughly.

When painting on fabric, you need to use fabric friendly paint and a soft brush. It's important to let the paint dry overnight before using the bag. The paint takes time to soak into the fabric, and if you try to use it before it's fully dry, you'll smudge your design. Then, let the tote air dry and hang it somewhere cool and dark.

Totes are used in a wide variety of industries and regions for different purposes, from hauling grapes to the press in California to transporting auto parts to Detroit for assembly. In materials handling, the word tote is used to describe a range of containers from five-gallon pails to 55-gallon drums and even large 1,000-gallon IBC totes. In some cases, totes are used as portable spraying containers for applying coatings like asphalt emulsion and road paint.

In logistics, totes are commonly used to haul liquids and solids for delivery via truck trailers. Due to their cubic form and small top openings, these containers tend to be less than ideal for thorough mixing. However, mixer manufacturers have developed a solution with IBC tote agitators for quick and effective mixing of highway and road paints and Mixing 2 year old paint. These mixers attach to the top of IBC totes and feature shaft-mounted, folding impellers that fit through standard 6-inch tote openings and expandable mounting brackets. They can be run on air, electric or variable-speed diesel or gas motors with gear or impeller drive.

These mixers are a great option for transporting and mixing traffic paints, which require special formulations to meet strict Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for VOC content, drying times and durability. They're also good for other heavy-bodied coatings and can be ordered with a variety of mounting styles for easy attachment to the tote lid.

Heavier bodied coatings, such as those used in the construction of roads and highways, need more aggressive mixing to achieve proper product consistency before application. These types of products also must be able to withstand regional temperature variations and humidity differences, which further increases the importance of proper mixing prior to application. To address these challenges, EvenMix offers a line of BGTC series gear-drive IBC tote mixers for blending and dispersing these types of materials in DOT approved containers. These mixers can be delivered with air, electric or diesel/gas operations and are available in a wide selection of power ratings, shaft diameters and mixing speeds to meet your exact requirements.