Frequently Asked Questions:

What is paper-leather?

My very first blog post sets out to explain this.

What happens if the DrawBag gets wet?

Even when wet, its paper-leather exterior remains tear-resistant. The DrawBag also has a non-toxic and biodegradable ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) mid-layer for water-resistance between the paper outer and the fabric interior to help protect the contents within. Permanent inks, paints, and other artistic media sealed or fixed on the paper surface won’t be degraded by water.

Will the DrawBag tear easily? 

No it won’t! It’s incredibly strong and you may just have to see this for yourself before believing it. The secret lies in the chemical process used during the manufacture of kraft paper-leather.

Can I wash the DrawBag? 

Yes you can. Although I’ve run it through a washing machine without damage, I would recommend hand washing and drip drying because of its magnetic snaps. These might be damaged by bouncing against the sides of a machine during its cycle.

Will the ink wash out or bleed? 

The permanent markers  included with the DrawBag are alcohol-based and will not wash out or bleed unless specific solvents are used on them (Did you know that permanent marker ink can sometimes be removed from paper with nail polish remover, hairspray, or toothpaste?) Water-based and other non-permanent inks such as regular ball-point pens will both wash out as well as bleed.

What other artistic media can I use on the DrawBag?

There are so many! More than can be listed here, although I’m working on a future blog post to list the ones I’ve seen some really fantastic results with. You can also look at the DrawBag Artist Gallery to see how some very creative people around the world have experimented with different media on the DrawBag.

Are the DrawBag markers safe for children? 

Yes. They are non-toxic and conform to all safety standards required for sales to the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Although not marketed specifically as a children’s product, the DrawBag and its markers have been tested to meet all applicable children’s product requirements, too.

Can I erase my drawings on the DrawBag? 

Permanent inks and paints will be difficult to erase. If you are unsure of your first drawing, I recommend you draw your design a few times on regular paper to build your confidence, and then sketch lightly in pencil (which can be erased) on the DrawBag before using permanent artistic media of your choice

How much weight can the DrawBag carry? 

Alot more than you would want to carry, and the shoulder straps on the bag are likely to break before the paper. One of the uses for kraft paper is in making bags for concrete mix.

Is the DrawBag recyclable? 

Yes, its kraft-paper leather exterior is recyclable. The plastic buckles are made from recycled plastic, and other materials like its cotton straps and EVA mid-layer are bio-degradeable.

Where did you get the idea for the DrawBag?

The short answer is here.

Where can I share pictures of my DrawBag with others? 

You can use the hashtag #thedrawbag. You can also send me a message. I love to hear about how the DrawBag is being used by others!

Are there any professional artists who have used a DrawBag? 

The ones I know personally are part of the DrawBag Artist Gallery. Check them out!

Who is the DrawBag for? 

People young and old who have something unique to express and share with the world.

What happens if a bully draws something nasty on my DrawBag? 

The DrawBag comes with a Bully-Proof Guarantee to get you back to drawing if someone tries to ruin your vibe. Hey, we know there will always be someone out there who wants to keep you from being fully you. There are all kinds of reasons someone might intentionally try to harm your work or try to mock or intimidate you. It seems the more you share your own unique self with the world, the more some people will try to shut you up. But don’t stop expressing yourself. We’ll always have your back. Keep drawing. Keep expressing. You’re not alone.

What are the weird poems in your blog?

Like many Americans of my generation, I grew up in the religious subculture of evangelical Christianity. In high school and college, I began studying philosophy, comparative religions, and spirituality in general, and found myself drawn to Taoism and Buddhism in their meditations on human suffering as well as the nature of self and consciousness. From this fertile soil came a mashup of artistic expression and writing over the years that also incorporated contemporary pop cultural references and humor in my writing and visual artwork.

The zen koan or haiku are forms I have often drawn inspiration from in such work, and some of my blog posts use variations on these to speak to an audience that grew up in similar circumstances as I did. These little word games, poetic morsels, and jokes seek to enlighten on potentially limiting thoughts and perspectives that lead to needless suffering.

In psychoanalytic and philosophical terms, such limitations could be termed neuroses stemming from a culture of rational materialism in the absence of spirituality.