Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review of Tote Bags from Fine Art America print on demand

Print on Demand site, "Fine Art America", recently added Tote Bags to their available print options. Save the paper and plastic, I prefer re-usable totes for grocery shopping and I love the idea of having my unique Watercolor image on my totes :-)

The Process:
I selected from my original watercolor paintings.  
http://carlin-blahnik.artistwebsites.com/art/all/all/tote+bags

I used the slider to position the image on the bag just how I wanted it.  The same image is used on the front and back.  I LOVE that the image covers the entire bag! 

My order was placed Wednesday.  I received shipment confirmation email the following Monday and the Totes arrived on Thursday.   A one week turnaround time from production to delivery.

Since they just arrived today, so I won't have input on durability, but they appear to be strong and well made. 
From the supplier : "Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric"  "All seams are double-stitched for added durability.   Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water"
 
Sizes:
The bags come in three sizes.  13"x13", 16"x16" and 18"x18". 
I ordered the middle and larger sizes shown in the photo below.

The 18"x18" tote on the left and 16"x16" on the right.
I added a computer mouse, yardstick and pen for size comparison. 

The 18"x18" will hold plenty of groceries, or as a beach bag, it can hold a beach towel or two, magazines, sunscreen etc.
The 16"x16" will be my go to travel bag.  It is a great carry-on size to hold laptop or notebook, electronics, magazines, travel documents etc.  Then, when I arrive at my tropical beach destination, (where else would I want to fly?)  the tote will hold sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, reading material, cover-up etc.

Fit:
The straps are 1" wide and 28" long. 
Hung over my shoulder, the top of the bag hits mid chest (I'm 5'10").  I can reach into the bag without having to take it off my shoulder.



Finish:
The print is clear and crisp with colors very close to those on my original paintings.
The feel and texture is similar to canvas.
The Tote interior is lined with black backing and a material content tag sewn into the top seam.

The side seams end at the bottom of the bag in a "T", providing a 2 inch wide base.


My overall opinion is though I would like to see a zipper, snap or Velcro closure option in the future,  I am very pleased with the overall product and will happily promote it.