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New Ink-Wash Skull Designs Tote Bags

By Waynechisnall @WayneChisnall

 A few weeks ago I posted (across various social media) images of 7 of my ink wash drawings - asking people which one I should go with for my next screen-printed, skull design, cotton tote bag range? Last time I produced a range of skull tote bags I used my 'Swirly Skull' design, but I think they've all sold out now, unless there's one or two mixed in with my stock of Davincipuss tote bags. All of these new ink-wash drawings are based upon photographs that I took of the skulls from the Catacombs of Paris. I took the photos a few years ago, when my traveling companion, the art journalist, Holly Howe, and I were in the city - cat and boat-sitting for the talented sculptor, Kate MccGuire.

New Ink-Wash Skull Designs Tote Bags

The 7 proposed design options for new screen printed 'ink-wash skull designs' cotton tote bags by Wayne Chisnall


Across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, option was mostly split between ink wash drawing number 1 and number 7. After too much deliberation I still couldn't choose between the two so I decided to go with both - having one screen printed on the front of the bag and the other on the back (although, which is the front and which is the back is a matter of personal taste).

New Ink-Wash Skull Designs Tote Bags

Front & back of new screen printed 'ink-wash skull designs' cotton tote bags by Wayne Chisnall


Today the bags arrived from the printers and I must say, I'm pleased with the results - especially with the way that they managed to capture the mid tones of the original ink-wash drawings. The printers seem to have used a halftone technique similar to how photographs are reproduced in newspaper print. 

New Ink-Wash Skull Designs Tote Bags

Front of new screen printed 'ink-wash skull designs' cotton tote bags by Wayne Chisnall


If you'd like one of these double-sided-print bags, email me at [email protected] . They are £15 each (free postage to the UK).

New Ink-Wash Skull Designs Tote Bags

Back of new screen printed 'ink-wash skull designs' cotton tote bags by Wayne Chisnall


My designs are screen printed, in black ink, onto 100% cotton fabric (Bags By Jassz 'Beech' Cotton Long Handle Tote Bags) in natural (the colour), which are 140gsm in weight.

Tote bag dimensions are 380mm wide x 410mm deep.

The top of the bag to the apex of the handle measures 380mm.


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