In 2017 I created a silhouette from Bella and stenciled it in onto a canvas or twill bag and embellished with buttons sewn on by hand. I know that not all kitties are black, despite what my house full of housepanthers try to tell me, and I decided to try out a few other kitty colors that work with a simple silhouette. Bella’s friends are white with bright blue eyes, gray with blue-green eyes like Bella’s, and ginger with bright green eyes.
I’m working on spattering orange and yellow on a black kitty for a tortie cat, and possibly a second stencil with stripes. We’ll see what the future brings. Read more below, or you can buy them right here!
Original Bella! Tote Bag with the black kitty silhouette
O.M.Geeeee! It’s Bella! On a bag with green button eyes just like her big round eyes! Bella, in silhouette, is stenciled at the bottom of a bag and with just big blue-green eyes that are two-hole buttons sewn on with black thread.
Based on one of my sketches of Bella from shortly after she arrived here simply called “Bella”, I pulled out the scan of the little painting and refined the design in Photoshop. Bella’s eyes are not yellow green, they are a cooler blue-green, and I found pretty close to a good color for her. Not everyone lives in a house full of housepanthers, so I added the white, gray and ginger kitties who are her foster friends. Scroll down to see the full color selections.
The original bags and the artwork and stencil, and fellow rescuer Deana modeling the first bag purchased!
White kitty with blue eyes on a natural bag
The white kitty has bright blue eyes.
Gray kitty with green eyes on a natural bag
The gray kitty has the same shade of green as Bella’s eyes.
Ginger kitty with green eyes on a natural bag
The ginger kitty has bright green eyes. Note that the ginger kitty’s color changes with lighting in the photographs. The more red-orange color in the group photo above is more accurate.
Mimi inspects each tote as I make it, and as a bonus you get some free cat hair.
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